With this series of paintings, Adam Port examines Sneaker Culture through his photorealistic paintings of some of the most iconic sneakers from the past 50 years. Each painting celebrates the history of the icons who wore them as well as the designers who developed the legendary footwear. Adam will focus on a selection of coveted sneakers, including Air Jordans, Reebok Pumps and Adidas Superstars. Each sneaker-portrait represents a moment in pop culture that is kept alive through today’s vibrant collector’s market.
My intention is to create a series of paintings that explore Sneaker Culture. Each object-portrait embodies a compelling history that invites observers to recall their own connection to sneakers. May that be nostalgia, status, fashion, function or icon emulation, the viewer can examine the significance and impact of sneakers through their own personal lens and experiences.
Through my representational photorealist approach, the sneakers stay true to their form, as each sneaker designer originally intended. With detailed precision, I aim to interpret the respected designer’s deliberate choice of specific materials, color palette, incorporation of available technology and their fundamental interaction.