Born in Murfreesboro, TN, Adam J. O'day holds a BFA in Illustration/Design from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University (2005). O’Day’s subject matter is gritty and destructive—he harnesses nuclear surroundings and apocalyptic themes with lush, inviting colors that create an inhabitable space.
"There are 2 main series that I focus on, Cityscapes and Structural Dimensions. In my Cityscapes series I portray what it feels like, what I remember about it. I paint everyday urban scenes that have some familiar subject matter, but painted through the eyes of someone from another dimension. I'm using color as value. I'm using alien color schemes. I'm abstracting scenes more. I'm not limiting my decision making to stay within the boundaries. In short, when I have an idea, I paint it without a second thought. The first idea is always the most exciting. Which brings in the second series.
Structural Dimensions series reflects the more personal and emotional side of my work. Each painting, sometimes plastered with collage and cut paper, is another realm I can visit, away from our own dimension. Some pieces delve deeper into humanity and desperation, i.e. "The Fall of Humanity". While others are visions of life and death. These structural dimension paintings are linked to current events, life’s trials and tribulations, and primal instincts. Where the cityscapes are more figurative, more outward and are based on my observation and memory."
- Adam J. O'Day
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