Luis De Jesus Los Angeles celebrated the art of Jim Adams with a reception for “Eternal Witness,” on January 9, 2021. Not to worry if you missed it. The show runs thru February 27, 2021. Visitors are encouraged to make an appointment.

Jim Adams, Royal Flypast (Horous flies over the artists studio while Seth explodes in rage), 2019, acrylic, 21 x 25 in.

“Eternal Witness” marks Adams first solo exhibition with the Gallery. The exhibition will present new paintings and sketches completed over the last four years along with a selection of works dating to the turn of the millennium.

It is tempting to read Adams’ art as an expression of Afro-Futurism, given both his own race and his frequent references to Nubia, space, flight, and ancient Egyptian mythology. The recurring portrayal of young Black men and women in the role of classical heroes and deities supports this argument; but it is important to see these aspects within the broader context of his practice in a career spanning five decades. For as many paintings as there are of specific people, places, and times, there are an equal number of ahistorical, dreamlike worlds. Just as much as Adams draws upon current events and geopolitics, so too does he capture the seemingly apolitical: dramatic skyscapes, planetary eclipses, and astral constellations.

On view: January 9 – February 27, 2021

What: “Eternal Witness”
Where: Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, 2685 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 90034

Phone: 310-838-6000