PARIS DRAWINGS 2009
When he is not painting superb and yet monstrous creatures or contortioned beings with mannerist androgyny-which he conceives in part "inherited" by Fragonard-, Jamie Adams (born in 1961) is notably the author of meticulously produced drawings, often following the three pencil technique, in which, proceeding by idea association, he tangles styles and joyously amalgamates images of all types: fantasy objects (pin-ups with sculptural bodies), elements of the quotidian (his wife, his children, his cat, a book...), cinematographic borrowings (arms, hats, scarves, cow-boy belts) and ancient tableaus. Drawn in 2005 and in 2006 from L'Enfant aux cerises and L'Amour tenant une fleche, these faux pendants, which are Boy with Kitty and Kittygal, constitute excellent examples of the visual cacophonies with unhidden pictorial perversity in which Adams excels. The care and ease he demonstrates, denotes without a doubt, a rapport to art of the past molded by critic veneration.
"Fragonard, Regards croisées"
Co-authored by Dimitri Salmon (Département des Peintures, Musée du Louvre) and Jean-Pierre Cuzin. Published by Editions Mengès (France).