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Art & Life with Adam Collier Noel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Collier Noel.

Adam Collier, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I earned my BFA in photography from Herron School of Art, Indiana University in 2002 and have worked as a fine artist and photographer ever since. Interestingly, my focus shifted to advancing the careers of other artists after moving to South Florida and becoming the gallery director of MAC Art Galleries. I work closely with artists and private clients on a daily basis which has given me insight into all aspects of the art market including art advising, sales, sourcing, and curation. I now enjoy the best of both worlds helping artists further their careers while sustaining a fulfilling creative practice of my own.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Throughout my artistic journey I have explored many art disciplines including oil & acrylic painting, 3-D sculpture, and printmaking, but my artistic identity is rooted in fine art photography. My latest mixed-media creations are made by appropriating found photographic images collected from antique malls and flea markets. I repurpose these one-of-a-kind vintage images that have been forgotten, lost or disregarded into large-scale art pieces using layers of paint, text, ink, paper collage, resin and various other media. It is my goal to build upon the original history of the photograph by giving them a new life and an enhanced narrative.

The ambiguous, yet familiar, collection of snapshots I have assembled traverses’ universal cultural themes such as nature, science, history and the physical form. Antique and mid-century photography play a major role in my work and I believe there is a residual, vibrational energy that is captured in these candid photographs. I have often expressed that I may not necessarily be the photographer of these relics, but through my artistic interpretation I feel I am their curator.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
The creative path of an artist can be divergent and uncertain. Financial and family obligations often negate the time set aside for the creative process. In fact, very few of my friends from college with are still creating art. That is why I find a balance between daily demands and studio time to be essential. I often instruct burgeoning artists to establish discipline and to carve out time and space for a creative fulfillment. I tell them not to wait for inspiration to strike, but instead to develop creative patterns that become habit. Only then will the artwork truly progress and evolve.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I exhibit in various venues in Florida including MAC Art Galleries in Fort Lauderdale and Jupiter. When I’m not in the gallery you can find me in my studio working on diverse series and private commissions. My entire collection of artworks can be viewed on my website and works in progress and latest updates are posted on my social media platforms.

I think the best way to support artists in general is to participate in the collective evolution of the art community. I love interacting and engaging the people who attend our monthly art walk in Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village. I make it my mission to connect with creative individuals and art enthusiasts who are contributing the community in positive ways.

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