Pastel and graphite drawing. Hand signed and dated by the artist in pencil, "E. Adams 1989" lower right. In excellent condition. Framed: 69" x 47 1/2"
A resident of San Francisco, Emerson Adams was trained first at the University of Utah for his BFA in 1971 and then at the University of California at Irvine, where he received his MFA in 1973. His persistent pursuit of traditional drawing outside his formal education was, however, the most influential in establishing his direction. The size of some of Adam's works approach larger-than-life proportions. But it is in this unusually large format that an elegantly understated tonality has been created to bear a hushed presence. The art critic Charles Shere of the Oakland Tribune noted that Adam's art falls within the Bay Area tradition (from Brown, Neri and Olivera to Diebenkorn and Park), writing that his "hushed color and evocative pose project great meaning without any narrative". His still, contemplative subjects are bathed in mysterious light and evoke a strong sense of intrigue reminiscent of Symbolism.