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A Portfolio of Abstract Artworks by Adam Thomas

A painting of a landscape made with oil and a palette knifePeace and Quiet, oil and wax on panel

Adam Thomas is an Chicago-based artist who creates abstract artworks inspired by landscapes. The artist paints in oils, often mixed with wax medium and applied using a palette knife, to build up dense, fields of geometric marks that speak to the colour and tone of a particular sky in a particular place.

A painting made using blue and orange huesAqua


I’m really enjoying Adam’s abstract paintings -- the way the artist applies the paint, with small, uniform marks that overlap slightly, creates a sense of shimmering movement in each image, like the viewer is looking through a blurred piece of glass at a dynamic landscape or watching a sunset while it happens. The artist’s colour palettes vary greatly, though Adam seems to have a good eye for selecting colour combinations that evoke a particular mood or atmosphere.

A screen capture of Adam Thomas' art portfolio websiteThe front page of Adam's portfolio website


The artist also demonstrates impressive skill with figurative subject matter -- in his paintings of clouds and animals, Adam utilizes the smooth blending capabilities of his favoured medium to create sharply defined images of recognizable subjects.

A painting of a polar bear swimming underwaterAnana

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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