Art Galleries
Flatlanders Art Galleries proudly presents:  Leslie Adams: recent drawings. This exhibit is open to the public from January 17th through April 25th, 2010. A reception with the artists is planned for Sunday, February 14th, 2010 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm

 

“Leslie Adams, because of her talent and love of drawing, is clearly the most gifted young artist to have come to the Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art.” This bold statement made in 1992 by acclaimed artist and Professor Edward Schmidt, comments not only on the work of Leslie Adams but on her passion for that work. Since receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy, Ms. Adams has worked as a professional artist concentrating on portraits and murals that draw inspiration from the classic tradition while paying frequent homage to the Old Masters.

 

Of her work, Sally Vallongo, Senior Arts Editor of The Blade, writes, “Leslie Adams’ pristine portraits of women have the precision of a Leonardo portrait yet seem to glow with a delicacy that is unmistakably feminine.” She continues, “Adams’ developed ability as a master of realism, however, doesn’t interfere with the power of her work.” These thoughts are echoed by many that have studied the work and career of the artist.  “Experiencing her masterful draftsmanship and confident presentation of the figure, her alignment to classical standards of excellence, and the focus and concentration that must happen to bring figurative images into convincing and meaningful form are beyond admirable,” states Diana Attie, artist and professor at the University of Toledo. While her techniques are that of Renaissance painting, her subjects and presentation are of the twenty-first century. Through both inspiration and technique, Adams creates works that evoke anachronistic, literally timeless, realities in which past and present simultaneously exist - works that reach beyond portraiture.

 

Ms. Adams’ work has been exhibited internationally and is included in numerous public and private collections in the United States and abroad. Her work has been recognized by many museum curators and historians including Beth Venn, Associate Curator of the Permanent Collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MaryAnn Wilkinson, Curator of Twentieth Century Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Britta Konau, Curator of Contemporary of Contemporary and Modern Art at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.