Lot 515 - Bill Adams - Untitled
Ballpoint Pen and Watercolour on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Bidding starts at £50
Bill Adams is an American Postwar & Contemporary artist was born in 1957. He studied Fine Art at Indiana University, Bloomington in 1986, and his work has been featured in numerous exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including the White Columns and the 56 Henry.
Bill Adams is known for his obsessive drawings in ballpoint pen that offer a roster of furry creatures in simple perspectival landscapes. While they are not anatomically aligned with known animals, they possess a surprising power to solicit our interest and empathy. What is their condition exactly? Like staring sentinels, they express a cartoon version of existential anxiety—watchful, hopeful, sad, stoic, and bewildered. Their lower bodies seem to be merged with the ground, fixing them in place like monuments. The intimate scale of these works and their accumulation of short pen strokes are reminiscent of the dense vision of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “deluge drawings,” and their compositions owe something to the surreal elegance of Salvador Dali’s imagery. The unmistakable blue palette brings to mind bored students with Bic pens, filling the pages of their notebooks with fantastic beings.