Adam De Ville
Adam De Ville is a new artist whose work explores character and scene, with displacement, transformation and belonging forming central themes.
Adam was an artist in residence at the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, won a highly commended award at Fishslab gallery open. He was the featured artist of 2017 in arts and fashion magazine 55Pages. Recent shows include Royal Birmingham Society of Artists ‘Prize 2018’, Flux International Exhibition and Parallax, London Kensington, he was also recently selected for Sunday Times Watercolour 2018 competition.
The selected works, ‘Not Quite Ninety Nine Red Balloons’, is a whimsical meditation of reflexive western pop culture with its high anxiety and yearning for nostalgia. Some pieces reflect attitudes of socio-political milestones in the US and UK while others channel the Marvel and DC universe to hold a mirror up to our hopes and sense of moral reality. Super heroes are depicted as ageing lost souls transgressing the lines between our universe and theirs, always on the cusp of dissolving.
He says: ‘My work is in reaction to the world around me which usually includes social commentary. I like painting the things that make me smile and the things that I think could use one. My figurative work also explores displacement and belonging and plays with familiar stereotypes, iconography and aspects from pop culture to tease a moment from a much larger scene, almost like a smile in the dark.