Tom Adair

Lives and works in Melbourne

Artist's CV

"Airbush is like a refined form of graffiti, I have adapted this into something familiar yet new. For me it's the layering of neon and specialist framing that really gives a quality and brings my pieces to life."

Born in Melbourne in the eighties and immersed in graffiti subculture, Adair's refined exploration of medium, is a clear progression from an adolescence spent spraying walls with pressurised paint. The picture perfect homes dotted across flat dibond surfaces are a personal response to the illusion of the idyllic family home through the means of architecture influenced by a professional career focused around design and interiors.

Viewed from afar, the works appear as monochromatic colour images from the mid-century architecture era. Adair engages many processes while producing the romantic pieces, first documenting the dwellings using photography and digitally creating halftone renderings before spending countless hours meticulously airbrushing the works by hand.

The addition of hand bent neon lights are used to accent each structure and invite the viewer closer to a more intimate level where the swirling electricity and softness of the airbrush can be appreciated on a more personal level.

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\ Artworks

802 Canyon

2019 \ Airbrush polymer and matte varnish on dibond, Oak frame \ 200 x 296cm (Each panel 200 x 143cm)

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Desert Los Vista

2019 \ Airbrush acrylic polymer and neon on dibond, acrylic frame \ 120 x 180cm

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Equilibrium

2020 \ Acrylic polymer and matte varnish on dibond, oak frame (diptych) \ 180 x 130cm

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From where I'd rather be

2020 \ Airbrush polymer on dibond, oak frame \ 200 x 150cm

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Harmonia

2020 \ Acrylic polymer and matte varnish on dibond, oak frame \ 62 x 48cm

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Harmonize

2020 \ Acrylic polymer and matte varnish on dibond, oak frame \ 145 x 240cm

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Low Tide

2020 \ Airbrush polymer on dibond, oak frame \ 62 x 48cm

New Horizon

2020 \ Acrylic polymer and matte varnish on dibond, oak frame \ 150 x 113cm

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Oneness

2020 \ Acrylic polymer and matte varnish on dibond with neon, oak frame \ 120 x 90cm

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Private Oasis

2019 \ Airbrush acrylic polymer and neon on dibord, acrylic frame \ 115 x 160cm

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Synchronicity

2020 \ Acrylic polymer and matte varnish on dibond with neon, oak frame (triptych) \ 150 x 113cm (each panel)

Synthesis

2020 \ Acrylic polymer and matte varnish on dibond, oak frame \ 62 x 48cm

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Twilight Zone

2020 \ Acrylic polymer and matte varnish on dibond, oak frame \ 175 x 130cm

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\ News

Media

Tom Adair covers Good Weekend's "52 Weekends Away" — SMH and The Age

16 November 2020

Weekender by Melbourne artist Tom Adair was featured on the cover of the Good Weekend's 52 Weekends Away issue in the SMH and The Age, 14–15 November.

"Weekender" is part of a new series of works by the artist. The paintings will be on show in the N\H Project Space from 18-21 November.

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\ Exhibitions featuring Tom Adair

SUMMER SALON

Group Exhibition

16 December 2020 — 16 January 2021

Tom Adair

Weekender

18 November — 21 November 2020

Tom Adair

Chromatones

23 April — 14 May 2020

SPRING SHOW

Group Exhibition

10 September — 15 September 2019

BAMBI and Tom Adair

Tom Adair & Bambi

21 March — 30 March 2019

Contact Us

to find out more about Tom Adair.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm COVID Safe Check-in: As part of the Nanda\Hobbs COVID safety plan, all visitors to the gallery must sign in via the Service NSW QR code.