Anthony Adcock: Gridlock

Opening: Friday, Mar 15, 2024 5 – 8 pm
Friday, Mar 15 – May 4, 2024

704 N. Wells
Chicago, IL 60654

Addington Gallery is excited to present our first exhibition featuring the work of Anthony Adcock.

These are powerful, beautiful, and surprising paintings, demonstrating the skilled hand and conceptual foundation of an artist living in the 21st century, and speaking in the painterly language of artists from the 14th Century. The result is a unique voice referencing such movements as Trompe l'Oeil, (a style of hyper-realism popularized in 17th c. Dutch painting), Pop art of the 1960s, conceptual art, and the work of Giotto from the 1300s, all coming together in Adcock's unique voice and perspective. 

Says Adcock about his work: "Much of my work walks the unpopulated intersection of hyperrealist painting and minimal sculpture; it’s generally considered “minimal trompe l’oeil” painting by many. My current body of work explores the similarities between the early renaissance, specifically Giotto, and contemporary construction road signage. Using techniques and materials from the 1300s, I’m rethinking the language of signage and asking questions like “what would Giotto do?”

Above: Anthony Adcock, Veneer, 12x12, oil on copper (The above painting is completely hand painted in oils using brushes. The left half of the panel is not actual wood, but is meticulously painted by hand, realistically depicting the wood grain of a plywood panel. It is painted on copper.)

Above: Anthony Adcock, Veneer, 12x12, oil on copper