Adam Caldwell’s Protest Piece “As He Rose & Fell” Drops May 4th To Mark Kent State Shooting

 Here for his first RUN with us is Adam Caldwell. Adam has shown in galleries throughout the world and we’re excited to bring his first piece entitled “As He Rose & Fell” to our collectors here on 1xRUN. Read on to see embellishment photos, see the story behind the piece and Adam’s past and present influences.

Adam Caldwell - Hand-Embellishments

1xRUN Thru Interview

As He Rose & Fell by Adam Caldwell

1xRun:  Tell us a bit about As He Rose & Fell.

Adam Caldwell:   The piece is a combination of photos of a performance art piece and a 1960’s civil rights protest.  It had drawn a negative reaction from members of the LAPD during the art exhibition as they were kicking out the late patrons.

1xRun: When was the piece drawn/created?

Adam Caldwell:  It was painted in 2010.

1xRun: Anything immediate you would like us to highlight?

Adam Caldwell:  I was painting a series of images involving images of protest from current and 1960’s photographs.  It is based on a fragment of the T.S. Eliot poem “The Wasteland”

A current under sea

Picked his bones in whispers.  As he rose and fell

He passes the stages of his age and youth

Entering the whirlpool.


1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?

Adam Caldwell:   Slowly.

1xRun: How long did the piece take?

Adam Caldwell:   I took the canvas on vacation with me and painted most of it sitting on the porch at my mother’s house in Rhode Island. It took about a week.

1xRun: What is unique about this piece?

Adam Caldwell:  I like its simplicity and centered composition.

1xRun: Why should people buy this piece/print?

Adam Caldwell:  I am not giving up on becoming a decent artist. One day the stuff I am making now will be valuable. Plus it’s a good piece.

1xRun: Describe this piece in one gut reaction word.

Run #00202 // As He Rose & Fell by Adam Caldwell // May 04, 2012 - May 10, 2012

Adam Caldwell - As He Rose & Fell... w/ Hand-Embellishments

Adam Caldwell:  Troubling.

1xRun: When did you first start making art?

Adam Caldwell:  Since I could hold a pencil.

1xRun: What was your first piece?

Adam Caldwell:  first recognizable drawing was of Captain Hook at age three or four.


1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?

Adam Caldwell:    Andrew Wyeth, All the Marvel comics artists, moebius & Rodin.

Auguste Rodin

1xRun: What artists inspire you now?

Adam Caldwell:  James Jean, Neo-Rauch, Justin Mortimer, Gerhard Richter, Barron StoreyDavid Choong Lee

Justin Mortimer

1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?

Adam Caldwell:  I listen to a massive variety of music and podcasts and spoken word.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?

Adam Caldwell:  I would collaborate with Christo and have him use my  huge painted canvases to wrap up something.

Adam Caldwell In His Studio

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?

Adam Caldwell:  I would collaborate with Vermeer to see how the hell he could paint like that.

1xRun: What else do you have in the works currently?

Adam Caldwell:   I have a show at Rook and Raven Gallery in London in April. I will also be showing with Brett Amory at Thinkspace in August, as well as, my own solo show at The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco in November.

Adam Caldwell @ Thinkspace

Adam Caldwell @ Rook & Raven

1xRun: Where can people find you across the internette?

Adam Caldwell:  WebsiteBlog

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