Adam Wallacavage

Adam Wallacavage

United States 1969


Adam Wallacavage
Adam Wallacavage
United States
October 22, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Adam Wallacavage is an American artist, known for his surreal and highly ornamented interior design details such as octopus chandeliers. Wallacavage was born in 1969. In 1995, he received his BFA in Photography from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. By the time of 2001, Adam has mastered the craft of ornamental plastering and he started to create his famous octopus shaped chandeliers inspired by sea adventure stories and Catalan architect Antoni Gaudy and his church ornamentation.

Adam Wallacavage - Octopus chandeliers
Adam Wallacavage – Octopus chandeliers


Adam’s chandeliers are somewhere between Art Nouveau motifs and surrealist imagination. By using traditional ornamental plastering techniques, Wallacavage casts the forms which he later paints with pigmented epoxy resin. In the end, he applies iridescent powders and glitter. Adam’s chandeliers have been presented in galleries all around the world: São Paulo, Rome, London, Miami, Los Angeles, Vienna, New York…

Adam Wallacavage - Magic Mountains
Adam Wallacavage – Magic Mountains

Photography Work

Beside sculptural work, Wallacavage has been creating in a field of photography as well. In 2006, together with Ginko Press, he published a book titled Monster Size Monsters – presenting in this way his own colorful, highly saturated photos of artists, musicians, and skateboarders he has been making in a period of 15 years. In Monster Size Monsters can be also found a great source of documented oddities such as taxidermy items.

Adam Wallacavage currently lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2013Magic MountainJonathan LeVine Gallery, NYCSolo
2013Lacrima AquariumAcquario Romano Museum. Rome, ItalySolo
2012Shiny MonstersPhiladelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PASolo
2011Play BackParlor Gallery Asbury Park, NJSolo
2011Inaugural Show The ShopNew Orleans, LASolo
20115 Year Anniversary ShowCorey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2011Public DomaineLa Gaîté lyrique. Paris, FranceGroup
2011Dreamhome HeartacheCorey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CASolo
2011Princesa do CORAÇÃOChoque Cultural Gallery, Sao Paulo, BrazilSolo
2010MISHKA Presents Adam WallacavageBrooklyn, NYSolo
2010Art From the New WorldBristol City Museum of Art in BristolSolo
2010ROOMSScion Space. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Five Year AnniversaryJonathan LeVine Gallery. New York, NYGroup
2009True Self. Group show curated by Gary BasemanJonathan LeVine Gallery. New York, NYGroup
2009Beach Blanket Bingo. Group Exhibition. Jonathan LeVine Gallery. New York, NYGroup
2008AquaWynwood Art Fair with Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Wynwood district. Miami, FLGroup
2008Les Trésors de la Taniere de NeptuneJonathan LeVine Gallery. New York, NYSolo
2008Big Kids, Little KidsPhiladelphia, Brooklyn, New York, Los AngelesGroup
2008Mythical, Domestic, Working and Loved: Animals in Contemporary Art96 Gillespie Gallery.London, UKGroup
2008In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz FactorLaguna Art MuseumGroup
2007No One Belongs Here More Than YouMiami, FLGroup
2007Locally Localized Gravity Institute of Contemporary Art. Philadelphia, PAGroup
2006Il Lume Della PiovraJonathan LeVine Gallery. New York, NYSolo
2006CollectionsScion Installation L.A. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006Art World. With Andrew Jeffrey WrightSpector Gallery. Philadelphia, PADuo
2006Peer Pleasure 1 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. San Francisco, CASolo
2005Something In The Water222 Gallery. Philadelphia, PASolo
2005Red DotSpector Gallery. Philadelphia, PASolo
2005Urban Edge ShowP4 Gallery. Milan, ItalyGroup
2005P TownsNew Image Art Gallery. Los Angeles, CASolo
2005Space 1026 ShowSpace 1026. Philadelphia, PAGroup
2004Window on BroadUniversity of the Arts. Philadelphia, PASolo
2004RVCA Gallery OpeningCosta Mesa, CASolo
2004Doodleplex! Antisocial Gallery. Vancouver, CanadaSolo
2003Skate Culture—The Art of SkateboardingContemporary Art Center of VA, Virginia Beach, VASolo
2002Scratch Off The SerialInstitute of Contemporary Art. Philadelphia, PASolo
1999Le MonstierSpector Gallery. Philadelphia, PASolo
1998Sideways Monsters and Other MonstersSpace 1026. Philadelphia, PASolo