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Adam Staley Groves

Born: 1976

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Based in: Singapore

I paint to address the question of thinking and the potential nonhumanity of the near future; a seemingly inevitable historicization exceeding the inhumane. Art must not become an entirely historical reprise. Whether an artist likes it or not “the artist is driven” in this way.

When painting I engage the substrate with deference to what is abstract to thought and the meditative act which immediately follows. I delay the conceptual phase, I avoid technical supremacy as emphases, opting for resemblances of the initial abstract I cannot plan in advance.

Similar to poetry subject matter is secondary, in the sense that I do not intend it as much as it is offered freely from an unknown. I readily admit to a mystification by this which, if over-indulged, would reduce the potential glimpse of thinking.


More About Adam Staley Groves

Question IconWhat inspires you?

the imagination, poetry, music, certain philosophers, seasons, deep water, space, the unknown, love

Question IconDescribe your creative process.

no hesitation

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

abstract, figures, poetry

Question IconWho are some artists that have influenced your work?

Odilon Redon, Hilma af Klint, Wallace Stevens, Fernando Pessoa, Walter Benjamin

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?

my hands, mixing blade

Question IconWhat is the best piece of advice you have been given?

be yourself as best you may

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

the imagination

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University of Aberdeen

Scotland, 2016

European Graduate School

Switzerland, 2011

University of Iowa

United States of America, 2005