Lawrence McAdams Paintings Suggest Film Noir

June 9, 2007

Before paintings became bogged down in the twentieth century's dizzying dialectic about form, process, and politics... they told stories. In the past decade, contemporary artists have returned to the narrative tradition in large numbers. Lawrence McAdams'... narrative paintings are populated by attractive people in odd and suggestive situations. Many are cinematic in their sweep and composition and the mystery of works like A Measured Approach and Suburbia even suggest film noir. The paintings hint that the mystery and beauty of life is most evident in those moments when things seem to make the least sense. - Jeremy Tessmer, Sullivan Goss Gallery Director, June 2007

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