Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Featured Exhibitor: Adam Turman


We love the way Adam Turman's bold illustrations riff Minnesota culture with stylized takes on everything from the Stone Arch Bridge to Babe the Blue Ox. He works with local brands, boutiques, and collectors to bring art into the everyday life of Minnesotans. Adam blends graphic cityscapes with the great outdoors, capturing what makes the Twin Cities so special!
What was your first memory of making something?

True Story: A breakthrough for me was figuring out that if you are using markers to draw a cheetah, put the black down last. I wasted a lot of yellow markers before I figured that one out.
What are most people surprised to learn about you?

I’m in a cycling gang called the Gents. It’s a group of friends in matching outfits that go bike riding! Our motto is “slow and low, that is the tempo.”
What are some inspirations for your work?

I grew up in the 80s and draw from the styles of that era. Bold graphic 80s art, such as skateboard
graphics, comic books, and heavy metal album art are examples of my prominent stylistic influences. The content of my work comes in large part from my hobbies (bike riding, spending time outdoors), and what I love about living in MN.

How does the city you live in influence your work?

My art has a broad range of appeal, but I ultimately like to believe, it brings people together by means of pride over what it is we appreciate about the Midwest, Minnesota, and the Twin Cities. For example, I riff MN iconography to offer a fresh take on places and activities that people love. Minneapolis and St. Paul have distinct and rich cultures, that “small town, big city” vibe that I find results in a supportive local economy. The Twin Cities are a gem filled with a progressive yet historically preservative arts scene. This aspires me to adapt and advance artistically by being a sponge to the diverse pop culture.

What has been your favorite moment since creating your business?

It boils down to making people happy with what I create and seeing art bring joy back into the community. The moment a client’s reaction is on cloud nine after seeing our visions collide is the constant certainty to love what I am doing. That assurance drives me to continue my work as an artist and invest back into this business.

Have you always been passionate about art and design?

I was fortunate to have found my calling at a young age. My passion and practice has been in play since I can remember. Pursuing my degree in Design at the University of MN gave me additional creative perspective and critical thinking skills to really apply what I know in every aspect of life.

Check out more of Adam's amazing work online, and be sure to stop by his booth at the Minneapolis Gift & Art Expo, November 3-5, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center!


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LorK  ⁙  Tuesday June 27, 2017 @ 6:29 PM

I did a fieldtrip to the Marine Museum to see his artwork. It was a great show - thank you for showing the energy & great stuff in our state!