Joel Adas

BRAC Teaching Artist, Painting, 2010 - Present

Joel Adas lives in Brooklyn, where he shares a studio with his wife, Helen, also a painter. He works in a free-flowing style that relies heavily on improvisation and reacting in the moment to what the image might be or become. Landscape is his favorite genre, but people and objects sometimes populate his paintings.

Adas is a particularly drawn to coastal and urban areas where there is evidence of decay and of structures, once used, now defunct. The conjunction of nature and human constructions figures prominently in his work.

Why I Teach: “Painting has been a passion of mine for my entire adult life. It has been my greatest pleasure as an educator to introduce children and teens to new artists and ways to work. My greatest hope is that they will continue this exploration on their own and with their parents. I strongly believe that will open up new worlds for them and the tools to realize their own artistic vision.”

Beach Towels, 16" x 20" oil on wood panel

Self Portrait Looking Out To Sea 2, 7" x 6.5" gouache on paper


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Bronx River Art Center
1087 E. Tremont Ave., Bronx, NY 10460
T (718) 589-5819

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