Saturday, July 16, 2016
7 - 11 pm
On view: July 16 – July 30, 2016
“This is a journey to a place where time and space melt away. There are no rules. The gods and fates are not fair.
This is a realm of imagination. Fierce beauty and endless unknown. You must open your heart and mind.
This is a world without countries or borders. History is written in the sky. Matter is ever moving.
This is a new take on the urban jungle. Giant birds nest in the ruins of once great cities. To survive here, you must put away fear.
This is not our land. We must fight and strive to earn our stay.
This is the end and the beginning.
This is the Land of Thunderbirds.”
– Adam Hernandez
Adam Hernandez's paintings are portals to an alternate universe: a world where Aztec-inspired gods and kings traverse amongst squalor and splendor, contemplating life’s heavy issues.
Hernandez was born and raised in the Bronx to a family of musicians and performers. As a child, the bravado and vibrancy of the graffiti that covered every surface of his city spoke to him. With the city's inspiration and the encouragement of his oil painter grandfather, Hernandez set down an artistic path.
Throughout his career, Hernandez has also found inspiration in the works of Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele, Francis Picabia and Paul Cézanne, as well as the Abstract Expressionist Movement, the Lowbrow Art Movement and comic books.
Hernandez currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.
This show was made possible in part by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.