Adam Amram (b. 1994 Haifa, Israel) earned a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016. He has shown most recently with Mother Gallery (Beacon, NY), Harpy (Rutherford, NJ/ Brooklyn, NYC), Melanie Flood Projects + Adams and Ollman Gallery (Portland, OR), and Resort (Baltimore, MD). Amram attended the Yale School of Art Norfolk Summer Fellowship in 2015, and was an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center,
in Johnson VT, in 2018. Amram currently lives and works in the California Bay Area, and was recently named the 2019-2020 YoungArts Daniel Arsham Fellow. His work has recently been published in Art Maze Magazine and exhibited at The de Young Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco, as part of “The de Young Open”, a juried exhibition celebrating the Museum's 125th anniversary, which commemorated local bay area artists. Amram is preparing for a solo exhibition of paintings slated to open in March 2022 at Mother Gallery in Beacon, NY.
In the early months of the global pandemic, working from home, my practice shifted into making many drawings that focused on the environments to which I was confined. This drawing book is unfinished—a work in progress. The drawings within it are so far reflections of my thoughts and experiences during times of relaxation and solace as well as times of despair and loneliness, when nearby forest fires colored the skies deep orange for several days, and there were no vaccines readily available. Some days I felt like drawing the park which I frequented for rest, to see friends at a distance, and a change of scenery. Other days I thought about climate change and its echoes in fables I learned as a child. Some days I dreamed in drawing, of being an ant or a tree or a bird or a building as tall as anything could be. Through my work, I explore imagination and its power to transcend the familiar, generating magic in the mundane. I draw with highly saturated pigments, charging the work with an accentuated vibrance. In depicting the natural world with unnatural colors, I create a surreal landscape that parallels reality. I draw attention to light as both the source of life and the director of experience. Using symbolic imagery as a means of poetry, I pair images like words to render metaphorical narratives that contemplate the challenges, remarkability, and wonder of existence. Anthropomorphized vegetation, animated vehicles, and spirited landscapes reference the aliveness and biological make-up of all beings. In projecting sentience upon the subjects within my work, I give rise to spirituality and the intrinsic desire to connect with the wholeness of the world.