Adam Straus Animal Painting - Swimming with Sharks
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Adam Straus
Swimming with Sharks

2010

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"Swimming with Sharks" is an oil painting on paper, framed under glass, in a modern white frame. Adam Straus was born in Miami Beach, Florida, in 1956, into a family parented by Civil Rights activists. His passion for art grew while at the University of Florida from 1976-1980. After receiving a degree in mathematics, Straus studied photography with Jerry Uelsmann and Evon Streetman. In 1980, Straus enrolled in Florida State University’s Master’s program, and began crafting assemblages and sculpture. Straus did not begin painting until six years later (1986), and his first paintings were made with house paint, furniture varnish, and encased in sheet lead, depicting monochrome images that were not dissimilar to black-and-white photographs. Soon after moving from Florida to New York City in 1990, acclaimed art dealer, Norah Haime, took notice of Straus’s talent, and offered him a solo exhibition, “Greetings from Toxic Paradise” (1993). 25 years later, Norah Haime Gallery still represents Straus’s work, and has placed Straus in many important collections. Today, Straus is known for his majestic and luminous depictions of the sublime, which are often saturated with a concern about social and environmental issues. His penetrating dark humor can transport the viewer to post-apocalyptic worlds and often offers a wry observation on how humans have altered the natural landscape. EDUCATION 1980-82 M.F.A. Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 1976-78 B.S. Mathematics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 1974-6 B.A. Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, FL AWARDS 1990 Merit Award, 1st Annual Florida State of the Art Exhibition, Sokolsky Center, Miami Beach, FL 1989 Southern Arts Federation/NEA Fellowship 1988 Best of Show, 1988 Florida Competition, Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL Artists Three Award, Annual Juried Competition at the Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL Florida Individual Artists Fellowship 1987 One of 10 Best of Show Award, Southeastern Juried Competition, Fine Arts Museum of the South, Mobile, AL First Prize, Holiday Banner Competition, Tallahassee, FL 1983 Best of Show, Florida Regional Competition, Four Arts Center, Tallahassee, FL

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  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    Frame dimensions: 17 x 20.5 inches
  • Dimensions
    H 15 in. x W 18.5 in.H 38.1 cm x W 46.99 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Sag Harbor, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU38933014453
  • Seller Reference Number
    STR-004745
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