Contemporary American artist
Peter Adams was born in Los Angeles on August 27, 1950 and received
his training at Art Center College of Design, Otis Art Institute,
and Instituto de Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende. However,
it was not until he enrolled at the Lukits Academy of Fine Arts
in Los Angeles that he finally found the traditional artistic
philosophies he so admired. At the Lukits Academy, Adams spent
seven years in diligent formal training, eventually becoming
the personal apprentice to the renowned mural, landscape and
portrait painter Theodore N. Lukits (1897-1992).
From his years with Lukits, Adams
gained a heightened appreciation for Oriental objects and antiquities.
At the Lukits Academy it was typical for students to study still-life
compositions that consisted of original sculptures and porcelains
from the various Chinese dynasties that were part of the Lukits
personal collection. This interest later led to his traveling
throughout Asia, and in 1980 Adams was the first American artist
to travel and paint unescorted through the Peoples Republic
of China. His fascination for Asia gained him great acclaim when,
in 1987, he was the only American artist to travel and paint
with the Mujahideen rebels in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. Today,
Adams combines Eastern design concepts with the Western sense
of depth through atmosphere.
Adams is a Signature Member of
the California Art Club, Pastel Society of America and Plein
Air Painters of America, as well as a Master Signature Member
of the Oil Painters of America.
Since 1993 Adams has served as
president of the prestigious California Art Club, which was established
1909 and is one of the largest and most active professional arts
organizations in the country. Under his leadership, the clubs
roster has grown from 80 members to nearly 3,000 at present.
Today, the California Art Club is recognized as a leading proponent
in the current national traditional art movement.
He serves on the Board of Directors
for the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California, and is on
the Advisory Board of Directors at the Academy of Art College
in San Francisco, as well as the American Society of Portrait
Artists in Montgomery, Alabama. In addition, he is an elected
Associate Guild Member, Honorary Emeritus of the American Society
of Classical Realism in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In May of 1997 Peter Adams was
the recipient of the Gold Crown Award for Visual Art presented
by the Pasadena Arts Council. Also in 1997, he co-founded the
California Art Academy and Museum in Pasadena, California, a
501(c)(3) nonprofit institution designed to assure the continuation
of high standards intraditional