Los Angeles artist, Adam Normandin has made a name for himself in the world of photorealism, but not without decades of hard work and self-discovery along the way. Growing up in Long Island, NY Normandin was surrounded by artistic expression from an early age. After moving to LA, he began his artistic career in 1995 by joining the southern California art fair scene, and first showed his work at an exposition on the 3rd Street promenade. Upon selling his first paintings that day, the artist recalls it was the “best money I ever made” and knew he was off on the right path. Now, more than two decades later, Normandin's work is exhibited in top galleries and museums across the nation and his paintings are coveted by collectors around the world. Currently, the artist is preparing for a solo exhibition at the Bernarducci-Meisel Gallery in New York City and his work will also be shown at Art Miami.
Normandin’s focus at the moment is on freight trains and his inspiration comes from the network of rail yards behind the Arts District. His process starts with a photograph, then he manipulates the image in Photoshop to better match his idea, followed by sketching the image onto canvas, and then brings that image to life through painting.
MOST KNOWN FOR: Photorealism and trains
HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR COFFEE? BREW METHOD?
I have a problem with coffee. I’m addicted. I’m a coffeeholic. I take it strong, black, not fussy.
NAME SOMETHING YOU LOVE.
Unexpected beauty. I’m drawn to the unobserved details like silhouettes of power lines against a building in the sunset. Anything that’s had a life, having lived. I love that.
WHAT IS KEY TO YOUR PROCESS?
This type of work can be overwhelming with so many details to consider. What I’ve learned is to focus on one section and one group of details at a time, and patience is key.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?
I’m essentially living my dream and refining my dream. I have the dream.
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE?
I’d live right here in the Arts District. I am where I want to be. There is nowhere else I want to be.
ON YOUR DEATHBED, LAST MEAL IN LA?
I’m easily pleased with food. I’d say either pizza from Bestia or the enchiladas from Yxta.