Introducing Adam Lister

Guy Hepner is please to introduce Adam Lister with unique paintings and prints that immerse us into his “cubist-pixelated-nintendo alternate universe.”

Vase with Twelve Sunflowers by Adam Lister

Born in 1978, Adam Lister received his B.F.A. in painting from The School of Visual Arts in New York in 2003. Inspired by the 8-bit graphics of Atari and Nintendo game consoles, Lister’s unique style deliberately avoids all use of diagonal and curved lines and echoes the geometric structure of Cubism.

La Grande Odalisque by Adam Lister

“My process deals with taking the memory of an image, and highlighting its complexity and simplicity at the same time. These paintings are influenced by geometric thinking and a desire to capture the briefness of a mental picture.”
Exploring the relationship between past and contemporary modes of representation, his minimal aesthetic of pixellated graphics is cleverly juxtaposed with the soft, tonal mark of watercolor paint.

“I start with a pencil drawing, blocking in a few of the bigger components of my composition… Then I look to build the initial sketch into a strictly angular and geometric description of the subject, using only vertical and horizontal lines. A circle becomes a square, a diagonal becomes a staircase, and the translation of the original idea is rearranged through an 8-Bit inspired visual language. I find that the transparent and subtle qualities of watercolor paint on heavyweight cold press paper present a nice contrast to the rigid structure of the each picture.”

The imagery of his paintings also play on this relationship between past and present as he recreates some of the art worlds most recognizable paintings and popular cultures icons. Lister aims to break down these classic portraits to allow his audience to deconstruct and analyze some of the most famous visuals created.

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