Doreen Adams

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Doreen Adams

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Born in rural Scotland in 1948 I happily spent my childhood exploring and connecting with nature.  I currently reside in beautiful Belgium.  

 

“Today’s kids are increasingly disconnected from the natural world,” says child advocacy expert Richard Louv and author of ‘Last Child in the Woods.’  Through my art I want to reacquaint our children and ourselves with nature and the power of imagination.  Adding imagination to our lives liberates us from many of our limitations.

 

In 2006 I was introduced to the ancient art of mosaics. After extensive research of techniques and materials I gravitated to a Venetian glass called ‘smalti.’  Drawn to its luminosity and vivid colors, I began using the Direct Method to assemble an image, the technique of cutting, laying and gluing the tesserae directly onto a substrate.

 

Combining my nostalgia for the past, my fascination with nature, my painstaking and instinctual attention to detail and the challenge of making each piece work towards the complete work, I ignited a new found passion and experienced instant success.

 

Alice in Wonderland must be one of the most celebrated children’s stories of all time written 145 years ago it remains popular to this day.  My intent is to finish the series by 2015 which will be the 150th anniversary of this literary masterpiece, to maintain my level of commitment and desire and in doing so continue to delight my audience from beginning to end. My vision to lend a fresh contemporary approach to the characters without losing the feel of time and place, present a colorful fantasy in keeping with the authors original intent.  In our world of hustle and bustle and constant bombardment of technology art demands that you slow down and be patient.’

 

 

One tesserae at a time, painstaking, laborious, such is the truth of mosaic art. Opus veritas.” --  Massimilliano Salviati

 

Biography

Born in rural Scotland in 1948 Doreen no matter where she found herself on her often times tumultuous path never strayed too far from her undeniable need to experiment and create art in its many forms where she found some of her happiest times. Now at 66 she is currently living in Belgium. She is working on a series of mosaics titled “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in a style known in mosaicing circles as ‘painting with glass.’ With her painstaking and gorgeous attention to detail, she turns to childhood literature to captivate and remind us to relax and explore the power of imagination.

Exhibition History

2008FROGS - SOLD
STEPS - SOLD
Contemporary Mosaic Art, Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA...Juror: Maestro Giulio Menossi, Udine, Italy (Catalogue)
2009CHEESEBURGER - SOLD
SAMA, 8th Annual Mosaic Arts International 2009, San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, USA (Catalogue)
2009THE WHITE RABBIT
Tesserae" The Art of Mosaic", 2nd City Council Gallery, Long Beach, CA, USA Juror: Lillian Sizemore
2010HOT DOG
Flights of Fancy, Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC, USA Juried Show sponsored by Pam Goode
2010THE WHITE RABBIT
Exhibition in Print - International Exhibition, Mosaic Art Now Magazine, Wakefield, MA, USA Juror: Scott A. Shields, Ph.D. Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, USA
2010THE WHITE RABBIT
California Open Exhibition, Long Beach Arts Gallery, 5372 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA, USA Juror: Grace Kook-Anderson, Curator of the Laguna Art Museum, CA, USA
2010"WHO ARE YOU?" SAID THE CATERPILLAR - Best in Show Award
CHESHIRE CAT
Tesserae: The Art of Mosaic, 2nd City Council Gallery, Long Beach, CA, USA Juror: Sherri Warner Hunter
2010HOT DOG
Contemporary Mosaic Art 2010: Ciel Gallery. Charlotte, NC, USA International Juried Exhibition...Juror, JeanAnn Dabb, Associate Professor of Art History University of Mary Washington. USA
2011HOT DOG
Delish Exhibition, Ciel Gallery. 128 C East Park Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA
2011THE MAD HATTER"S TEA PARTY
2nd City Council Art Gallery. 435 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA USA, Juror: George Fishman, Mosaic of Art Radio Show, USA...3rd Place Award
2012THE LOBSTER QUADRILLE
Mosaic Arts International Juried Exhibition of Mosaic Art, SAMA,
11th Annual Conference, Lexington Center Museum & Gallery, Lexington, KY, USA (Catalogue) Jurors: Josh Blanc, President, Handmade Tile Association, Amy Gundrum Green, Curator, Headley-Whitney Museum, Kentucky Arturo Alonso Sandoval, Professor of Art, University of Kentucky.
2013THE LOBSTER QUADRILLE
Light, Space & Time Online Gallery.
Animals Art Competition Curator/Owner John R. Math...Special Recognition Category Award
2013THE WHITE RABBIT
Light, Space & Time Online Gallery, 3rd Annual Open Art Competition...Curator/Owner John R. Math...Special Merit Award
2013"WHO ARE YOU?" SAID THE CATERPILLAR
Light, Space & Time Online Gallery. 3rd Annual Open Art Competition - Animals Art...Curator/Owner John R. Math...
Special Recognition Category Award
2013DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
Featured in a Collective Art Exhibition: Silent Communication & Online Exhibition: Nature Speaks...Linus Gallery Pasadena, CA, USA
2013HOT DOG
Linus Gallery Online Exhibition - Pop Culture: Curator/Owner Linnea Lenkus