Peter Adams

Peter Adams

Elegance; Oceanside, California

  • Pastel
  • 12" x 16", artwork
  • 21" x 24.75" x 2", framed
  • Contemporary


In stock

Acquired by American Legacy Fine Arts directly from the artist

The process Peter Adams applies in creating his plein air pastel paintings is immediate and impassioned. Using Canson Mi-Teintes Archival paper, he first applies broad sweeps of his highest keynotes and adds layers of varying shades to interpret the vivid colors of nature he is experiencing at that moment. Initially, the work appears in abstract form. Then, he quickly “paints” the scene directly with the tips of his fingers, modeling and designing shapes while carefully assigning each finger to a specific color shade in order to maintain the purity of the colors. To create his signature inner glow, Adams rubs the medium down to the first layer of his higher-key notes—and the final result is a one-of-a-kind poetic work of art filled with intensity and emotional impact.

Artist Statement
“I am particularly interested in unique lighting effects and how these effects reflect, refract, diffuse and obscure detail. It is the ethereal quality of light that intrigues me. In painting natural or inanimate objects, I am constantly trying to discover and interpret interesting design, shapes, and color harmonies to stimulate the eye. Elevating the human spirit and arousing a sense of discovery is what excites me as an artist.”
— Peter Adams

"Theodore N. Lukits (1897-1992): An Aesthetic Realist and Peter Adams and Tim Solliday: Continuing the Lukits Legacy" at Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, Ca, January 14 - March 6, 2016
"Peter Adams: Luminous Paintings" at ALFA at the Arroyo Chop House in Pasadena, June 2 - September 2, 2015

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