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Yura Adams

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Quantum Lace View, 2015, Oil on Paper, 60 x 40 inches
Leg Up, 2015, oil on paper, 60 x 40 inches
Nature Dress, 2015, various media on paper, 30 x 22 inches
Optic Whistle, 2015, oil, aluminum, spray paint on wood, 24 x 18 inches
Quantum Water View, oil on paper, 60 x 40 inches
Artist's Statement

My work explores the many possibilities for painting. I use a lot of different kinds of painting supplies, oil, acrylic, house paint, spray paint, gold leaf, whatever I have on hand. I collect the rhythmic patterning of forms in nature and in the studio, my paintings investigate a visual conversation with moving, wandering energy and the variety I observe in biologic nature.
I instigate chance encounters with materials; take as many risks as I can, pay attention to my intuition and search for my own definition of sublime beauty. I find beauty in disparate places –the spots on the rare-for-me-observed Northern Flicker find their way into my work, and so does the geometry of the roads I travel every day. What is important to me is the finding through looking … provoking invention, and development of ideas in painting.


Yura Adams is an artist whose paintings are a composite of painterly and personal elements that play with messages of cultural and poetic experiences– abstract and figurative together, sacred and intimate, pop culture and beauty. Adams was born in Sioux City, Iowa, received a BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited as a painter, and intermedia artist including performance art throughout the United States in venues such as The New Museum in New York, Experimental Intermedia, Franklin Furnace, New Music America, Real Art Ways, Hartford, Ct. and one person shows at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York, who represents her. Adams has been the recipient of two NEA grants and was a 2009 regional representative in the NYFA Mark program.