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Born in Durban South Africa, Adam Craemer immigrated to Western Australia with his wife in 2011 and emerged as an artist shortly thereafter. His main training and influences come from the graffiti art 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 derived from a mixture of photographs/images/paintings that sourced online or via client pictures; then reworked onto either board or canvas. As a result, his mixed media portrait pieces can often be a combination of all or some of these techniques: Stencils, painting, spray-painting, screen printing, glue, paper shredding, ink, marker pens, and epoxy resin. Every time he works on a new piece, he tries to combine any discovered techniques along with an existing one he feels comfortable with, to push his style further and evolve more.

"I try and mark the pieces in such a way that allows the viewer to see new marks and complex lines every time they are viewed."

His Abstract pieces are based off of 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.

In his relatively short time in the art world, Adam has been published several times in print media as well as online and has been a finalist in multiple art awards in Australia. He was the winner of the Raw Artists Award for Western Australia for the year 2014/15, and was a finalist for the Raw Artist Awards for Australia in the same year.

Adam is currently represented by:
Platform 72, Sydney, Australia

%5 of every purchase will be donated to Greenpop - The team at Greenpop give back to the world by planting trees all around Africa.

Education

High school Art - South Africa
High school textile design - South Africa
Art School - South Africa (Partial)
Graphic design school - South Africa (Partial)

Exhibitions

2016 – Melville Art awards – City of Melville – WA, Australia
2016 – Mandjar Art Awards – Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery – Mandurah WA, Australia
2015 - Salon des Refusés (Black Swan Art prize) - Group Exhibition
2015 - Mandurah Stretch Art Trail - Group Exhibition
2015 - Ellenbrook Art Awards - Group Exhibition
2015 - Mandjar Art Awards - Group Exhibition
2015 - Portraits of Life - Group Exhibition
2015 - Raw art awards Visual artist of the year - National Finalist
2015 - Raw art awards Visual artist of the year - Perth winner
2015 - Artcrasher - January Online exhibition - Group exhibition
2014 - Raw Artist Exhibition - Communique - Group Exhibition
2014 - The Olive Tree Restaurant - Group Exhibition

Press

2016 – Art Edit Magazine – Issue 10 – Eight artists to watch Feature
2016 - British GQ Magazine Feb Issue - Room for Improvement feature
2015 - Art Edit Magazine - Issue 8 - Art Mood piece
2015 - Art Edit Magazine – Issue 8 – The Gift List – Feature artwork
2015 - Art Edit Magazine - Issue 6 - Artist Q&A
2015 - BlueThumb Online - Artist Interview
2015 - We Love Perth Website - Artist Interview
2015 - City of Mandurah newsletter
2015 - ArtmeGallery Online - Blog - 4 Tips Reveal the Secret to Drawing Faces - feature piece

Influences

Main influences for my Portrait art come from the graffiti art culture in Cape Town‚ South Africa‚ UK‚ and Asia.
Jasper Johns‚ Roy Lichtenstein‚ Banksy‚ Hush‚ Byroglyphics‚ C215‚ David Bromley are all major influences on my style.

Influences for my abstract art come from the seascapes/woodlands/city scapes of various countries I have lived and travelled through over the years.
Jackson Pollock‚ Jonas Gerard‚ Kandinsky‚ Turner‚ and Mark Rothko are all major influences on my abstract art style.

91cm (W) x 91cm (H)
acrylic, spraypaint, paper, pastel, pencil
$1,300
100cm (W) x 100cm (H)
acrylic, spraypaint, paper, pencil, pastel on canvas
$1,300
81cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Mixed Media on Wood panel
$1,950
91cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Mixed Media on Canvas
$1,700
76cm (W) x 91cm (H)
Book pages, spray paint, texture pase, acrylic, stencil on canvas
$1,150
95cm (W) x 95cm (H)
Acrylic, Aerosol, Texture Pastes, Airbrush on canvas
$1,400
76cm (W) x 91cm (H)
Acrylic, Aerosol on canvas
$905
76cm (W) x 91cm (H)
acrylic, oil, aerosol on canvas
$1,150
76cm (W) x 102cm (H)
Acrylic, Aerosol on canvas
$1,025
76cm (W) x 102cm (H)
Acrylic, Aerosol on canvas
$1,250
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