BEAVER CREEK — For some, Adam Stone’s large scale paintings are a scene from their dreams. Literally.
The L.A.-based pop surrealism painter has done plenty of commissions for folks where he “marries” his style with the vision in their head.
“Some people will say ‘I like this symbol,’ or ‘I had a dream of a white elephant or of this underwater sequence,’” Stone said.
For Stone, who takes part in the Beaver Creek Arts Festival today and Sunday, painting is all about imagination anyway, be it his own or others.
“My work encompasses whimsy, humor, bold colors, imagination,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, it’s like walking into a dream and everyone gets something different from it.”
“Serendipity,” one of Stone’s “quintessential” pieces, was the first in what became a series featuring elephants.
“The underlying message is there is no dream too impossible to achieve if you keep your eye on the ball,” he said.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Stone was born into a family of professional painters and sculptors.
“I started selling my art work professionally at the age of 17 on the boardwalk in Venice Beach, California,” he said. “Growing up inside of this hyper creative family provided me with invaluable support to pursue all of my creative endeavors.”
His parents raised three children — who are all artists now — by selling artwork at fine art festivals in California in the ’70s.
“They were pioneers when they started,” he said. “We recently had a gallery showing here in Culver City, California — a major gallery art hub — where all five family members were showing together for the very first time,” Stone said. “My mother, Carole Shultz, was featured posthumously. She was as talented as they come. She raised an entire family by selling her handmade clay sculptures and figurines and paintings in the street. My father started painting in his early 40s, having never taken an art class or picked up a brush. It wasn’t long before he was one of the most, if not the most, prolific and successful painter in the U.S., selling over 400 original paintings a year for over two decades.”
During the past two decades, Stone has become a very successful street artist himself; he participates in 25-30 exhibitions a year.
“As a result, I’ve cultivated a very large, diverse and loyal following,” Stone said. Celebrities, including Rosie O’Donnell, Eddie Murphy, Nils Lofgren and more have purchased his work.
You can see his work today and tomorrow at booth 9 and 10 at the Beaver Creek Art Festival.