Tracey Adams

Tracey Adams/ Tracey Adams

United States 1954

Abstract Art, Collage

Tracey Adams
Tracey Adams
United States

Tracey Adams is a contemporary artist that’s known for creating artworks at the intersection of “art, math, and music.1 Being a former musician herself, Tracey Adams often uses rhythm to explore relationships between people and objects. The influence of music is visible in the artist’s highly rhythmical artworks that often include visual intervals, patterns, and similar references. Mathematics, on the other hand, is employed to pre-determine a number of colors that will be used when creating an artwork, the number of times they will appear and the way they will be aligned in the compositions.

Adam's new oil and encaustic arts dairy isn't reserved but its bursting with emotions
Tracey Adams – Collage 1

Tracey Adams’ Life and Work

Tracey Adams is an American artist born in 1954. She studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Ever since she was three years old the artist felt a strong urge to create. Regardless whether she makes collages, paintings or monotypes all of her artworks share a common thread that separates them from works of other artists. Tracy Adams grew up in the house full of Japanese prints that she often uses in her adult life as inspiration for her works. Her acclaimed Folded series, for instance, is reminiscent of the ancient Japanese art of origami, as the artist used folded paper to represent time spent in the studio. Every paper was folded a number of times that corresponds with the date in the month – once for the first day of the month, two times for the second, etc.

Ever since she was three years old the Tracey Adams felt a strong urge to create

New artwork made by using encaustic, graphite, oil and collage in the creation process
Tracey Adams – Spaces without Partitions, 2016 (left) / Everything Causes Everything Else, 2016 (right)

Deeply Personal Imagery by Tracy Adams

In a way, Tracy Adams is a creator of her own world. Deeply personal, her work represents a unique type of visual diary as the artist externalizes her internal thoughts and emotions trough her abstract paintings and prints that will be exhibited in the gallery. Tracy Adams is inspired by contradictions, like the tension between organic and the geometric that’s often visible in the artist best works. In 2014 around the same time that her folded series, was born she also begun to experiment with the technique of creating monotypes. She was attracted by the possibility of creating beautiful new works momentarily by pressing one surface against the other and produced hundreds of monotypes by employing the same technique.

The artist’s is known for employing a variety of tools to externalize her internal world

To get in contact with the artist visit her home page
Tracey Adams – Lumenis 14

California as a Source of Inspiration

In her interviews, Tracy Adams often states that her neighboring coasts of California are one of her main influences as she often depicts wonders of the sea in her images. Her new project about medicines from the sea was inspired by scientific researchers of micro-organisms collected during ocean dives. These organisms are being researched for medical purposes as scientists believe that they can make a big break-trough in curing some of the hardest medical lines of young and adult population such as cancer, malaria, AIDS, and similar diseases. The artist was awarded Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for this particular project.

Tracey Adams is represented by IdeelArt gallery.

She lives and works in northern California.


  1. Seed J.Tracey Adams: Everything in My Life Is Interconnected, Huffington Post [Novembar 20, 2016]

  2. Adams T. Statement, Tracey Adams Art [Novembar 20, 2016]

Featured image : Tracey Adams Portrait
Images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016New works on paperBryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CASolo
2016Works on Paper, Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CAGroup
2016Art on PaperK. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CAGroup
2016In the AbstractAnne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe, IlGroup
2015Anniversary Group ShowPatricia Rovzar GallerySeattle, WAGroup
2015eXXpectationsThe Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FLGroup
2015The Space BetweenButters Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
2015AdaptationsPatricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA,Group
20152015 In the White RoomBryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CAGroup
2015Art on Paper, Pier 26, NYC, NYGroup
2015Momentum Transferred, Bruce Lurie Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2014SJICA AuctionSan Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2014Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound, Yuko Nii, CuratorWilliamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2014Anniversary ExhibitionPatricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2014Red Dot Art Fair MiamiBruce Lurie GalleryGroup
2014Outside/InK. Imperial Fine Art – San Francisco, CAGroup
2014Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound, Part 1WAH Center (Williamsburg Art & Historical Center), New York City, NYGroup
2014Obscure/RevealJames Gallery – Pittsburgh, PAGroup
2014Annual Group ExhibitionPatricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2014Abstract Works on PaperRobert Allen Fine Art • Sausalito, CAGroup
2014The Circle GameTucson Museum of Art – Tucson, AZGroup
2014Ninth Annual Encaustic Invitational, Conrad Wilde Gallery – Tucson, AZGroup
2014Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary EncausticThe Hunterdon Museum of Art – Clinton, NJGroup
2014artMKT San FranciscoK. Imperial Fine Art – Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014SHIFT: Five Decades of Contemporary California PaintingMonterey Museum of Art – Monterey, CAGroup
2014Patterns of Infinity Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto and Winfield Gallery, CarmelSolo
2013The Elephant in the RoomLaconia Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2013EclecticFresno Art Museum, Fresno, CAGroup
2013Blurring The LineAnne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe, ILGroup
2013Facing Forward -New Acquisitions, 2000 to the Present Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CAGroup
2013REDA Gallery , Provincetown, MAGroup
2013Natura Viva: Flora, Fauna and Us, ArtCurrent Gallery, Provincetown, MAGroup
2013Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic,The Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MAGroup
2013AbstractionsMark Gallery – Englewood, NJGroup
2013Lumenis,Winfield Gallery – Carmel, CASolo
2012Scissors, Paper, Glue: Bay Area CollageBryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CAGroup
2012Action AbstractionMark Gallery, Englewood, NJGroup
2012Affordable Art Fair Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle Center – Seattle, WAGroup
2012UntitledAqua Art Miami K. Imperial Fine Art – Miami, FLGroup
2012Oblique IntentionPatricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle and Bryant Street Gallery, Palo AltoSolo
2011Group ShowGebert Gallery , Venice, CAGroup
2011Perspectives in BalanceAnne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe, ILSolo
2010Group ShowGebert Gallery , Venice, CAGroup
2010Elements of HarmonyMark Gallery , Englewood, NJSolo
2010V esselsBakersfield Museum of Art – Bakersfield, CAGroup
2010Working with Wax: Contemporary Encaustic Painting in Northern CaliforniaSanta Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CAGroup
2010Anniversary Group ShowGebert Gallery , Venice, CAGroup
2010Spontaneous MeditationsAnne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe, ILGroup
2010Between Gesture And GeometryGebert Gallery , Venice, CASolo
2009Diverse Impressions: Bay Area AbstractionTriton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CAGroup
2009225°F: Encaustic EncountersTurchin Center for the Visual Arts – Boone, NCGroup
2009Mindful InversionsBryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CAGroup
2009Patterns, Paradigms and Persuasions: Works by Six Contemporary ArtistsStrohl Art Center, Chautauqua Institution, New YorkGroup
2009Tracey Adams – Mindful Inversions: New Encaustic Paintings and ScrollsSanta Cruz Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center, Santa Cruz, CASolo
20094th Annual Encaustic InvitationalConrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZGroup
2009Tracey AdamsPatricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, Seattle, WASolo
2009New Encaustic PaintingsPatricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2009Synapse / SynapsesMonterey Peninsula College – Monterey, CASolo
2009Group ShowGebert Gallery , Venice, CAGroup
2009Anniversary Group ShowGebert Gallery , Venice, CAGroup
2008Trans+lucentGebert Gallery , Venice, CAGroup
2008Relative Geometries llConrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZGroup
2008New Encaustic PaintingsJulie Nester Gallery, Park City, UTGroup
2002Tracey Adams Intervals: Gesture to IconKathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York City, NYSolo