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Ilene Adams


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I was born and raised in New Jersey. I went to Temple University-Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and studied art in Rome, Italy. I have worked in many areas of art including textile design, murals, graphic design, printmaking, photography and painting. Art has been my passion since I was a child.

My Artist Statement

I believe that art and beauty bring joy and well-being to individuals and are essential for a well-balanced life.
Ever since I was a child, I have created one form of art or another, from drawing and painting, to printmaking, graphic design, decorative arts and photography. The artists that influenced me the most are Robert Rauschenberg and Maxfield Parish. Rauschenberg’s influence is apparent in my paintings that incorporate paint, collage, photographic images and artifacts. They evoke a feeling of nostalgia or of imaginary places.
My photographs deal mostly with nature, but nature through an intense filter. Images are put under a microscope and colors are heightened. There is beauty all around us but how often do we take the time to really see it? These ordinary wildlife images are enhanced to create painterly new images that leave the viewer wondering if they are paintings or photographs? Abstract or realistic? One art critic described the grassy water series as “Maxfield Parish visits the Everglades”.

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