Life with the pandemic has had a major impact on our lives and has affected different people in different ways. Some have spent the last eight months in fear of uncertainty, others in anger over company closures, and others have been inspired.
In May, fashion designer Farron Elizabeth and artist Adam Welch joined forces to work together on the Resilient project. Inspired by the strong and determined women of the Northern District, the couple developed a clothing line and a series of painted portraits that reflect the strength of society.
Adam began his journey as an artist in Merrimack County, New York, in the small town of Epsom. He came to his senses without any formal training and, thanks to his experience, opened a unique path that took him to more than 40 countries, including Cambodia, Ghana, Guatemala, Australia, Peru, Lebanon and Nepal, to name but a few.
In 2015 Adam opened his first art studio in San Diego and in 2018 he held his first major solo exhibition The Urban Archaic in downtown Paso Robles, which sold out in one evening.
Even though the popular artist did not live on the Central Coast for long, his art is probably already well established in your life. Adam wrote all the work in the cider house of Bristols in Atasquadero, his work was presented on wine bottles and was admired in magazines.
I still consider myself a street artist. I have no formal training. I never went to art school, he says. Most of what I did was just spray paint on the street and run away from the police. Take the stuff out of the garbage and paint the garbage. You look at the other artists in the Paso Robles neighborhood and they have a classical background. I think that’s why Farrón fascinates me, because I am a crazy street artist, but now there is an intersection that is really fascinating.
The artist’s latest project forced him to try out a new women’s fashion. Together with Farron they created a clothing line that distinguishes itself by the word elasticity in the unique early English Gothic writing that Adam created. Farron took the clothes they had sewn and showed them to the women in the neighborhood, which inspired the photo shoot.
Adam took these images and imposed his talent on them, concentrating on grace and beauty combined with their courage and bravery. Great art is designed to tell the story and convey emotions through the eyes that the artist has captured over and over again.
I like contradictions, polarity, contrast, not only in my style but also in the stories themselves, Adam said. There’s so much power in a woman’s eyes when her eyes tell a story and make you vulnerable, like they see all your shit. That’s what I expect from these images for the Resilience Project – directness, transience, but in connection with a pair of eyes forged in iron. I want a balance between silk and steel – chaos and control. This contradiction can be found in all my favourite wines, music and food. This is the ultimate goal of my art – to have strength and elegance.
After years of an almost nomadic life, Adam’s art seems to have found its place on the Central Coast, as Farron Elizabeth will be his exclusive art dealer.
While the idea of buying art can be discouraging for some because of its price, Adam and Farron launched this campaign to be accessible and affordable.
The duo also decided to return the project to the community and donate part of the proceeds of the project to a local charity.
To view Adam’s art or buy a work of art from The Resilience Project, visit Farron Elizabeth’s website: 5955 Entrada Avenue, Atascadero or online at farronelizabeth.com.
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