Contemporary American artist
Peter Adams was born in Los Angeles on August 27, 1950. He received
his training at Art Center College of Design, Otis Art Institute,
and Instituto de Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende. However,
it was at the Lukits Academy of Fine Arts in Los Angeles where
he finally found the traditional artistic philosophies he so
admired. At the Lukits Academy, Adams spent seven years in diligent
formal training and as personal apprentice to the renowned mural,
landscape and portrait painter Theodore N. Lukits (1897-1992).
From his years with Lukits, Adams
gained a heightened appreciation for Oriental objects and antiquities.
At the Lukits Academy it was typical for students to study still-life
compositions that consisted of original sculptures and porcelains
from the various Chinese dynasties that were part of the Lukits
personal collection. This
interest later led to his traveling throughout Asia, and in 1980
Adams was the first American artist to travel and paint unescorted
through the Peoples Republic of China.
His fascination for Asia gained
him great acclaim when, in 1987, he was the only American artist
to travel and paint with the Mujahideen rebels in Soviet-occupied
Afghanistan. Today, Adams combines Eastern design concepts with
the Western sense of depth through atmosphere.
Since 1993 Adams has served as
president of the prestigious California Art Club, which was established
1909 and is one of the largest and most active professional arts
organizations in the country. Under his leadership, the Clubs
roster has grown from 80 members to nearly 3,000 at present.
Today, the California Art Club is recognized as a leading proponent
in the current national traditional-realist art movement.