Landscape painting affords me a wealth of tradition and influence, and provides a platform that seems familiar and recognizable. 19th century romanticism, Japanese woodblock prints, and Abstract expressionism all factor into my works vocabulary. I work primarily in a reactive sense. A certain rock may lead to another, which in turn may lead to a specific tree. The scenes I end up composing, function as both utopian and eerily post-apocalyptic. Both of which can be seen metaphorically as social concerns in contemporary life. By inviting the viewer in visually, I ask them to recall where we have been, explore where we are now, and confront where we may be headed.
Post Baccalaureate Certificate, painting, Studio Arts Center International, Florence, Italy
BFA Sculpture, School of Art and Design at Alfred University, Alfred, NY
New Paintings, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
In Situ, Cult, San Francisco, CA
Calderas, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
Pulse Miami, James Harris Gallery, Miami, FL
The Optimist, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Honey from the Sky, Yogurt from the Mountaintop, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
VOLTA NY, New York, NY
APEX: Adam Sorensen, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
New Westerns, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Waterwegen, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
False Fjords, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Hinterland, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
The Glows, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
A Great Knot, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland, OR
On Wee, Hive Modern, Portland, OR
This Lone Thicket, Crowsenbergs, Portland, OR
Ignoring Recent Plot Twists, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland, OR
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Mountain, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
True Places, Swarm Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Group Show, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Wild Kingdom, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Earth Matters, Seattle Art Museum Rental and Sales Gallery, Seattle, WA
2011, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
art house: a gallery in a home, Jacquie Nichols, Los Angeles, CA
Critical Messages: Contemporary Northwest Artists on the Environment, Western Washington
University, Bellingham, WA and Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR
Out of Bounds: Art from the collection of Driek and Michael Zirinsky, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA
Considered Space, Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA
2008 Volume, WorkSound Gallery, Portland, OR
Weirding and the Uncanny, Newberg Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, SCOTLAND
High Five, Juried Exhibition, The CW, Los Angeles, CA
It’s all about Maps, Beppu Wiarda Gallery, Portland, OR
Fresh, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
Safety Dance, Portland, OR
Suite B, Valentine’s, Portland, OR
The Portrait Show, Hall Gallery. Portland, OR
6th Annual Young Painters Competition, Hiestand Galleries, Miami University, Oxford, OH
Group Show, Seattle Art Museum Rental and Sales Gallery, Seattle, WA
Introductions, Seattle Art Museum Rental and Sales Gallery, Seattle, WA
Core Sample, Portland, OR
Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
New Abstraction, Mahlum Architects, Courtesy of Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
Attainable Paradise, Eagerwally Gallery, Portland, OR
Nautical/ Maritime, Eagerwally Gallery, Portland, OR
Aisle 21, Warehouse Artist Co-Op, Portland, OR
Auction, Cameron Showroom, Portland, OR
Alphabet Dress, Portland, OR
Fourth Dimension and Beyond, Mahlum Architects, Courtesy of Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
Meeting People, Charm Bracelet, Portland, OR
Art in the Dark, Martial Art Gallery, Portland, OR
Shift, SACI Post Baccalaureate Exhibition, Florence, Italy
Adam Sorensen, Brad Schmidt: New Paintings, SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy
BFA Exhibition, School of Art and Design at Alfred University, Alfred, NY
Resident artist and assistant glass blower at Westfalisches Industriemuseum, Glashutte, Germheim, Germany
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
Seattle University, Seattle, WA
Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
Westfalisches Industriemuseum, Glashutte Gernheim, Germany
The CW, Los Angeles, CA
4Culture, Seattle, WA
Oregon Health Sciences University
The Nines, Portland, OR
Mary Ellen Hockensmith & Michael McCulloch
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Boston: The Open Studios Press, January 2004. (back cover photo credit)
Oregon Biennial [exhib. cat]. Portland, OR: Portland Art Museum, 2007.