thomas adams

  1. Smog City, 2016
    Smog City, 2016
  2. Matchbook, 2016
    Matchbook, 2016
  3. Hot Dog, 2016
    Hot Dog, 2016
  4. Soda Cup 1, 2016
    Soda Cup 1, 2016
  5. Soda Cup 2, 2016
    Soda Cup 2, 2016
  6. Cheeseburger, 2016
    Cheeseburger, 2016
  7. Matches, 2016
    Matches, 2016


Thomas Adams was born, was a child, was a man, and will certainly die. He also made art.
Tom Adams is an artist born, raised, and based out of Southern California. He earned his bachelors of Fine Art from Otis College in 1998 and has been a working mural artist ever since. This collection shutters a blink - the instant between the fantastical of childhood and the materialization of place, class, and surrounding determinants. Dark, with indiscernible, irretrievable, pulses of light and color.

​Tom Adams has been a mural artist since he was seventeen-years-old. In the nearly thirty years since, he has worked on countless fine art and commercial projects and has always brought his own unique sensibilities, talent, and staggering work ethic.

Thomas Adams
The Southern California Suburb Project, Today
Brainworks Gallery is excited to present Thomas Adams’, The Southern California Suburb Project, Today. The mixed media exhibition is a continuation of Thomas Adams’ figurative and graphic discussion of personal and generational history marked by a looming inarticulate sense of melancholy, grace, failure, and missed fruition. Previous work depicted common relics of a seventies suburban childhood: tricycles, a set of Jacks, a hand sewn toy rabbit floating in a deserted imagining of pastel homes and skies.
This collection departs. The landscapes are heavy and saturated with color. However, there is a familiarity about them: a dark cool fog off the pacific, a dense green ally wall, intense color that defines omnipresent advertisements. Loneliness is replaced by more defined presences in this new work. Human figures are more directly threatened. A distant oilrig, a dominating lottery stand, and endless rolling houses are encroaching on figure and viewer. While the passage of time has become crystalized by long panels of morphing shapes.
The artist does not attempt to combat, or even resist these pressures. He presents them as plain and as serious as they are, and accepts them.
The work is the story of a man and a class that is wrought with fatigue. Home has become too familiar. The artist is straining to see and remain critical of images that entered second nature decades ago.