Gathering his inspiration for his recent work from Old Hollywood, Steve’s work gives a playful nod to historic American pop culture executed in a modern approach. He views the painting process as a building up of layers, which tell a story through disparate images, text, and other iconography.
His experimentation with silkscreen printing methods, have allowed him to further explore merging layers and creating composition within the work. The works themselves are rooted in found imagery, including film stills, magazine advertisements, and other various source material. He is propelled by the creative process of discovering and reinterpreting the histories and stories behind these visual emblems of times past.
Steve Adair is a visual artist whose work blends together his personal interest in abstraction, experimentation, play, and working within the moment. His work has been exhibited on numerous occasions throughout Arkansas, Texas, Illinois, Louisiana and Colorado.
Recent solo exhibitions include Jan Brandt Gallery in Bloomington, IL, Box 13 ArtSpace in Houston, TX, Matre Gallery in Atlanta, GA, and Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale, AR. Additionally, his work can be viewed in corporate and personal collections across the South, including the Carter Center, in Atlanta, GA.
A graduate of Arkansas State University where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Art Education, Steve works as an art educator, working with incarcerated youth for the Division of Youth Services. He lives and works in Rogers, Arkansas.