AN ART EXHIBIT AT THE OLD CITY JEWISH ARTS CENTER
Adam Konigsberg – Master of Organic Sensual Imagery.
First Friday Opening & Artist Reception, April 1st, 5-9PM.
Adam Konigsberg was born to the accomplished painter, Sylvia Blatt Konigsberg. She gave her son a box of paints and a canvas instead of age-appropriate coloring books and his exploration began. The Konigsberg home was frequented by artists of every genre. The constant presence of artist friends made an enduring impression on young Adam. By his junior year at the University of Pennsylvania, he began formal training and realized his intuitive talent; the moment was transformative.
In the Graduate School of Fine Arts at Penn, Adam studied under artists of the American Realist Movement of the late 70’s and 80’s, including Neil Welliver, Alex Katz, Jack Beal to name a few of the people. He produced his first professional show in Palm Beach, Florida that first year.
Adam’s first break-through painting Spring Flowers (1983), a watercolor on canvas, took over six weeks to complete. Adam became so attached to this piece that during the final two weeks of its creation, he actually slept in front of it. Then, he took the finished painting into the hallway of the studio, walked to the far end of the room, sat down and began to weep.
Late in his second year of graduate school, Adam participated in a group show at the Sandy Webster Gallery in Philadelphia and was called “an artist to watch” by the arts critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer and his work continued to receive positive reviews from the press,
Following graduation, Adam’s exhibits across the country established his work in many private and corporate collections. He continued to experiment with technique, from watercolor realist, to a splatter technique he calls “paint collages” using scrap paint otherwise destined for landfills. His first paint collages were about one to two inches in depth.
It was around this time that Adam saw a friend’s hand painted silks and felt his own imagery would translate well to that medium. He immersed himself in the process of using dyes and learned how the silk fabrics interacted with the dyes. His understanding of the medium and — translations of the imagery evolved into uniquely moving works on silk.
When Adam started showing his hand painted silks to boutique owners in the Philadelphia area, a new excitement exploded about this innovative artist. He appeared on Fox TV’s Good Day Philadelphia and started to build a following for his designs. He created hand painted ties and scarves as well as one-of-a-kind women’s dresses.
Over the past few years, Adam has refined his technique to where he now can generate his designs in greater volume. Production costs and advances in digital printing have made it possible to deliver the highest quality reproduction to the breathtaking imagery of Adam Konigsberg’s Designs even when they are mass-produced.
It all began with a sensitive artist with a gift for organic patterns. Adam Konigsberg’s imaginative forms are still evolving.