Local Artist Adam O’Day

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I first came across South Boston-based Adam O’Day’s artwork when walking around my neighborhood. He painted one of the utility boxes in Downtown Crossing that are part of the PaintBox project, and I loved his use of urban imagery and vibrant color.

Many of his paintings are inspired by famous cities (including Boston of course!), while others depict fantasy worlds. Although some aspects of these images feel familiar, they are infused with emotion. Adam explains that a few years ago he “started to focus on painting what a scene feels like, not necessarily what it literally looks like. So there would be elements of reality, mixed with elements of other worlds, dreams and nightmares… Things look familiar, but they seem like a memory, because I always put the finishing touches on a piece without focusing on what it looks like; I portray what it feels like, what I remember about it.”

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“I’m painting our world and worlds existing in my mind the same way, with gestural, expressive emotion” says Adam. His goal this year is to follow his first instinct and explore more alien color schemes and abstraction. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with! Take a look at some more of his works below, and don’t miss his upcoming shows at FP3 Gallery in Fort Point and Christopher’s in Porter Square this spring, and at the Cassandra Complex Gallery in Provincetown over the summer.

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Adam’s upcoming shows:

Worlds Collide, New Paintings by Adam O’Day
FP3 Gallery, Fort Point, Boston
March-May 2014, Reception details TBD

Spring Works 2 – O’Day and Friends
Christopher’s, Porter Sq, Cambridge
April-May, 2014, Reception details TBD

Dissolving Structures, New Work by Adam O’Day
Cassandra Complex Gallery, Provincetown, Cape Cod
June, 2014, Reception: June 13th, 2014, 7-9 pm

To learn more about Adam check out his website and blog, follow on twitter, and like on facebook.

Images Courtesy of Adam O’Day.

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