Houston-based artist John Adelman earned a BFA in painting, drawing, and printmaking from Ohio State University and an MFA in drawing and painting from the University of North Texas. A part of his application to graduate school at UNT was a portfolio that included a couch reconfigured as a chair and covered in 905,000 staples.
His work is currently represented by Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas; Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Houston; Diane Rosenstein Fine Art, Los Angeles; and Wally Workman Gallery, Austin.
He has been a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize three times (2009, 2012, 2014).
44,409 Parts of a Juniper, gel ink and acrylic on paper, 42 x 65 inches
“I dismantled the actual plant piece-by-piece and traced each piece on the surface of the paper. Every part was traced and discarded. The number in the title is the number of traced parts.”
Augur, gel ink on paper, 32 x 48 inches
“As with most of my writing pieces, the writing is from the dictionary, the 1979 Unabridged Encylopedic Webster's Dictionary. Augur is the first word I started at, which is where the last piece ended. I write each word and definition, and write out all numbers. I do not use punctuation or include the pronunciation. Augur uses a different number of layered writing on each half of the work. This work was towards the beginning of the shaped pieces, which is a theme I am still exploring today.”