Lives and works in Melbourne
"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.
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.
\ Exhibitions featuring Tom Adair
14 December 2021 — 15 January 2022
22 January — 6 February 2021
16 December 2020 — 16 January 2021
18 November — 21 November 2020
23 April — 14 May 2020
10 September — 15 September 2019
Tom Adair & Bambi
21 March — 30 March 2019