Dustin Adamson

Artist Dustin Adamson uses rich layers of homemade oil paint to create somber portraits of figures in deep reflection.

How would you describe your style?

I am a classically trained artist that works in the style of contemporary Realism. My work is representational in nature, with the addition of abstract elements.

What subjects do you enjoy working on?

The subjects of my work typically include portraits, figures, still-lives, and interiors.

What medium(s) do you work in?

The mediums I use are oil, charcoal, and graphite. I make my own oil paint from raw pigment and oil.

How has your process evolved?

After graduating from [… ] the Florence Academy of Art, my paintings have gone from simple compositions with a dark background to complex compositions of figures in space with a wider value range and still-life paintings with elements of abstraction done in a lighter value range.

What got you started creating art?

 I came to painting late, not until my college years, but I have fallen in love with the medium.

What artists influence your work?

My influences include the works of old masters like Rembrandt, Velazques, Ribera, and Michelangelo. Some of the contemporary artists I look to are my previous instructors: Jordan Sokol, Amaya Gurpide, Stephen Bauman, and Cornelia Hernes, as well as the work of Colleen Barry and Michael Klein.


"I came to painting late, not until my college years, but I have fallen in love with the medium."

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