Light Under Pressure
Patrick Adam’s paintings reflect a connection to landscapes that are abstract based on his habit of climbing and hiking. This 42x48 piece uses both dark and light hues of blue to fade the landscape upwards, creating a balance in the artwork.
"In this body of work, I am using the landscape as a metaphor for art’s—and the artist’s—role in unifying the human experience of the physical and spiritual worlds. To illustrate this idea, I have divided the landscape image along the horizon into two physically separate paintings: the lower half (earth), representing the physical realm, and the upper half (sky, the ‘heavens’) representing the metaphysical, or spiritual realm. These two parts, seen separately, appear flat and incomprehensible, but once brought together, they form an image that acquires an unexpected unity of light, depth and meaning. I find in this a fitting analogy to our experience of how, through our experience of art, the physical and spiritual worlds are brought together as one, each illuminating and clarifying the other." - Patrick Adams