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Meet Adam Siegel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Siegel.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Adam. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was fortunate enough to be raised within a family which lived and breathed the arts both architectural as well as fine arts. My father was hired to head up the new program for the Bauhaus photography department at the Institute of Design. Thus, it was not uncommon to engage with the great architects and artists of the times at the dining room table- Saul Bellow, Harry Callihan, Larry Booth, and Edward Westin. I learned from monitoring these creative exchanges that to be in the arts was best facilitated by an embrace of both courage and humility. With photography in my veins I had immediate artistic commercial success with large-scale experimental photography early on in my career and from there I took a blind leap into painting. I synthesized and integrated my personal experience of living in Japan for a couple of years integrating those experiences into a personal aesthetic that fused both east and west and contemporary and historical. My library echoes my trajectory focusing on both European and Asian rare books from the mid- 1600’s to the early 1800’s. These visual treasures provide fertile breeding grounds for my evolving bodies of work.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I don’t think a life in the arts is meant to be a smooth road. There’s a bump every time a blank canvas is staring at you. That’s why I’ve chosen this path. It’s because of the constant challenges that keep me excited about the next creative environment. I’ve always found that the most challenging space is to focus all my energies on what is essential and whether or not the work is relevant beyond my own sphere. The most challenging aspect of being an artist has been how to disengage from the process long enough that I can restore myself before I return to my creative world.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Adam Siegel – what should we know?
Notable collaborations include the Path of Remembrance a memorial done in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art for 9-11. It was a walking meditation path around the museum campus. This is the only large-scale civic response in Chicago to the events of 911 and it highlights for me how the creative process can provide some catharsis for a given community.

I am distinguished by the power and deep resonance of my work. I am heavily represented in both corporate, hospitality and private collections. Due to the diversity of my work my clients continue to purchase new works to add to their collections.

I love collaborating and I revel in challenges. The more difficult the more interesting to me. One invitation I had was to resolve a 14,000 sq. ft. healthcare facility exclusively using my work for Northwestern Specialists for Women. That invitation resulted in them acquiring over 75 of my works. Each piece playing a specific role in meeting the needs in that complex environment.

Another notable collaboration was with the Alinea Group partnering with Chef Grant Achez to do an art and food installation entitled the Progression. 24 pieces were created within a very limited time frame. Some of them over 27′ long. This dynamic partnership propelled me to work directly with some of the chefs at Alinea in my studio. It was extremely rewarding because the scope of this project had an international reach.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Notable collectors and patrons include Dr. Stephen & Bonnie Weiss, Dr. Amos & Mrs. Anot Madanes, Nick and Dagmara Kokonas, Carrie Lannon.

Pricing:

  • Ranges between $4,800- $35,000 (depending on size)

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1 Comment

  1. Iris Witkowsky

    January 10, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Certainly enjoyed this article, Adam and appreciate seeing your art work.
    My question is didn’t your mother Irene also have influence on you? Wondered
    why you didn’t mention her.
    Continued success

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