This month we're sharing the love and introducing you to Adam Craemer - South African born, Aussie-based, award winning artist, designer, surfer - mahalo!
With his goofy foot forward (this is a surfing term people - we're not making fun of his tootsie), Adam was named RAW Visual Artist Of The Year in 2014. He was also a finalist in 2015 and 2016 in the Mandjar Art Awards.
A mixture of urban, street and abstract art, Adam's main training and influence comes from the graffiti culture in South Africa, the UK and Asia. Adam produces mixed media pieces that are a combination of painting, spray-painting, screen printing, glue, paper shredding, ink, marker pens and epoxy resin.
“I like to mark the pieces in such a way that allows the viewer to see new marks and new complex lines every time it is viewed.
"As an artist I work hard to develop paintings that focus on the female form while still maintaining a rough urban / street feel. My aim is to push this combination as far as possible without losing the essence and emotional connection with the portrait image."
- Adam Craemer
And just like taking on the ultimate wave in Big Wednesday, we see Adam reaching new heights and well on his way to dazzling the art world, one lady at a time.
Born in Durban South Africa, Adam Craemer immigrated to Western Australia with his wife in the early 2000s and emerged as an artist shortly thereafter. His main training and influences come from the graffiti culture in Cape Town and the UK; living and travelling around Europe and Asia; as well as his parents who are both artists back in his native South Africa. Having a graffiti background has heavily influenced his use of aerosol cans in his work, and his use of them can be seen in almost every piece he creates.
As a child, Adam found immense pleasure in art as well as the ocean. These recreational activities soon blossomed into passionate hobbies as he was surrounded by, and exposed to, artistic people and equipment through his parents art practice. If he wasn’t playing with oil paints in his mother’s studio, he would be using his father’s art tools to test them out.
His portrait artwork is derived from a mixture of photographs/images/paintings that are sourced online or via client pictures; then reworked onto either board or canvas. Every time he works on a new piece, he tries to combine newly discovered techniques to existing ones, pushing his style further.
His abstract pieces are based on photos from walks, of landscapes, seascapes, or whatever emotion or music he is feeling at the time of painting. For Adam, they are pure ‘letting go painting’, where he can experiment with colour, paint types and accessories.
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To learn how the magic happens and to download the App, click here. We're so rad man!
This was going to be a giphy of someone getting shacked riding a phat tube (because we really wanted to use this phrase at least once in our lifetime) but then saw this trippy cat losing its mind. We expect this to be your reaction to our newsletter and Adam's art because of its AWESOMENESS!
Until the next one… gnarly dudes!
Blair & El