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’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…
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.
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