In 2018, Adam announced a new project: A series of paintings based on his own photographs taken in and around the greatest city in the world – New York. The series was inspired by some of the great Photorealist painters from the late 1960’s to present, including Richard Estes, Robert Cottingham and Ralph Goings.
“I’ve always admired artists from the Photorealism movement because not only were they technically sound, but they were able to capture a moment in time, using one or multiple photographs and then translating that into a work of art.”
20 years in the making, Break Dance became the first painting in the series. The eventual reference for the original painting was taken in the winter of 1998. The photos taken on that day were intended for a project for a photography class at Syracuse University. Shot on a Canon EOS Elan IIE 35mm SLR, years before digital took over, dozens of images were captured that day but none of them resonated with Adam more than this photo.
The image captures a breakdance crew dancing in the heart of Times Square with the spectators intently watching the breaker, mid air flare. The background is filled with the famous, ever-changing billboard facade located on Broadway between 45th and 46th street. The painting measures 28”x35” and was created with black & white acrylic paint and colored pencil on gessoed illustration board.
To honor the loss of Fred Moskowitz, a friend and mentor, I will be donating 10% of the proceeds from the sale of this edition to SCOPE – an organization that was near and dear to his heart. SCOPE provides children from underserved communities the opportunity to attend summer camp.
For more information about SCOPE and to learn more about Fred’s impact on the lives of thousands, click here.