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).
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, ink on paper, 37 x 37 inches
“Blue and black dictionary definitions, starting with the definition ‘four horsemen of the apocalypse.’ Blue word circles start one layer at top left and proceed by one additional layer to a total of nine layers at bottom right. Black word exterior square proceeds in reverse of the circle progression.”
Gamma Function, gel ink on paper, 15 x 15 inches
“Handwritten dictionary definitions, starting with the word ‘gamma function.’ (From the 1st dictionary. Hurricane Ike, September 2008, destroyed my dictionary at the definition ‘half’.) Handwriting in blue at the center; black toward the exterior. The center of the circle is ‘washed’ (water added to allow the blue to smear).”