Adam Erlbaum

Adam Erlbaum


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    Artist's Biography

    Adam Erlbaum received a BA in Mathematics from The Colorado College in 2002. He then enrolled in non-degree classes at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Erlbaum’s experience there assured him that he could apply his mathematical sensibility to painting. He began work at Philadelphia’s I Brewster Gallery, while studying abstract painting at the nearby University of the Arts. Abstract painting became Erlbaum’s chosen form. He showed his first group of abstracts at I Brewster. Erlbaum continued to pursue abstraction at the Main Line Art Center in suburban Philadelphia, which prepared him for the MFA in Visual Arts program at The Vermont College of Fine Arts. During this time, Erlbaum participated in an exhibition for alumni of The Shipley School held at The Artist’s House Gallery in Philadelphia. Always looking for multiple perspectives on his work, Erlbaum returned to suburban Philadelphia to study at The Wayne Art Center. In 2017, Erlbaum moved his practice to Philadelphia’s Mill Studios, where he paints today.

    Artist's Statement

    I limit materials. Three color values, no mixing. Often only one brush. I work with heavy-duty canvas on heavy-duty stretchers, and a heavy-duty aluminum easel. Although I only work with the canvas clamped to the easel in the traditional manner, I frequently move the canvas between the clamp and the floor. Clamping the painting signals 'Paint.' Moving it to the floor signals 'Stop Painting.'

    I completely erase most canvases multiple times, leaving an even wash of an arbitrary color. I make evolving series (plural) of marks. The mark-making becomes affirmative when I am approaching the solution to a given painting. The physical and mental planes align. The painting is a record of this experience.

    Selected Exhibitions

    The Text and Visual Language Exhibition, St. Louis Artists Guild, St. Louis, MO
    Juror: Tate Foley

    Disentangled Yesterday, InLiquid at The Yard Center City, Philadelphia, PA

    8th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Bower Center for the Arts, Bedford, VA
    Juror: Deborah McLeod

    31st Annual Juried Competition, Center for the Arts, Rock Hill, SC
    Juror: David Detrich

    Shipley School Alumni Exhibition, Artists' House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    The Mill Open Studio Tours, Philadelphia, PA
    Exhibited paintings

    US Bank, Aspen, CO
    Exhibited paintings

    I Brewster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Exhibited Paintings

    Professional Experience

    2006 - Present
    Adam Erlbaum Studios, Philadelphia, PA


    2017 - 2018
    Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
    General Education Non-Degree Art Classes
    Studied under Kassam Amoudi

    Gotham Writer's Workshop, New York, NY
    Non-Degree Student

    2012 - 2013
    Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT
    MFA, Visual Art
    Studied under Humberto Ramirez and Nils Karsten

    2003 - 2005
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    General Education Non-Degree Art Classes
    Studied Color with Patrick Arnold

    2003 - 2005
    Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
    General Education Non-Degree Art Classes
    Studied with Mimi Oritsky and Kassam Amoudi