Adam Cooley is an American artist, designer, and author whose expansive repertoire includes painting, sculpture, film, fashion, interior design, and performance art. As a child growing up in rural New York State, he spent his days running around barefoot covered in paint creating beauty and chaos. As an adult not much has changed. His work is best known for its use of fantastic imagery and symbolism to illustrate abstract and esoteric concepts.
He has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers, books, and documentaries. His works have been shown in galleries and museums around the globe, including here in Japan at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Gallery Maronie in Kyoto, Gallery Chayamachi, and Daimaru department store in Kyoto to name a few and are held in private collections worldwide.
It is abundantly clear from the amount of work he produces, Cooley is prolific to a fault. Either he is engaged in creating sculpture, mixed media, paintings, and creating new performance concepts or he is engaged in destroying the works he has already made. Like a volcano growing from its own destruction, his innate drive to create allows him to overproduce and pick from the best rather than wait for inspiration to create the perfect work.