Adam Oehlers “The Wilderlands”
June 30th – August 4th, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 30th, 2018, 6-8pm
Northport, NY– Haven Gallery is pleased to present “The Wilderlands”, a solo exhibition of new paintings and shadowboxes by UK based artist Adam Oehlers. “The Wilderlands” is Oehlers’s second solo show at the gallery and is compromised of nineteen new works that traipse the wanderings and musings of our young selves as we imagine, discover and adventure through the wilderness. Friendships blossom and persist as Oehlers’s quintessential female protagonists look down from a birds nests up high, meander up thorny branches to visit a furry friend, hide amidst the leaves or fly high in the sky with birds. Oehlers’s classic autumnal palette endures with this collection of new work, reminding us that these escapades are not sanguine and innocent. Change is coming, challenges await and we must shine bright no matter how dark the shadows are before us.
“The Wilderlands are inspired by the countryside around my home. It contains the places I escape to, where I find that hidden magic that still thrives in the woods and fields. I want people to be swept through the woods and be led off the path to discover the hidden nooks of this wild place. To find the warmth and magic of its inhabitants from ancient trees to the lost strays that have wandered there too long.” – Adam Oehlers
ABOUT ADAM OEHLERS
Adam Oehlers was born in Coventry, England and now lives and works out of the UK. He works in pencil, pen and watercolour to create his Illustrations and shadowboxes. He is an Award winning illustrator and well known artist whose illustrations grace many publications, such as his interpretation of the classic text ‘The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner’, “Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes”, his ghost story graphic novel “Dear Little Emmie”, ”The Errand” written by Leo LaFluer released in 2017 and the second in the series ”The Warlock” due to be released later this year. He is currently working on his next book ‘The Mushroom Garden’ which he has authored himself.
As well as his publications and exhibitions he has turned his hand towards animation, he has worked as concept artist for the Award winning Music Video for Steven Wilsons ‘Routine’, as Writer and Artist for Matallicas music video ‘Here comes Revenge’, Writer and Artist for Passengers music video ‘Beautiful Birds’ and Steven Wilsons ‘People who eat Darkness’, currently being use in his live shows, due to be released publicly soon. He also worked as writer and Concept artist for Ovosonios emotional award winning game ‘Last Day of June’.
His inspirations include well known illustrators such as Arthur Rackam, Gustave Doré, Edward Gorey, Tony Wolf, John Vernon Lord and Shaun Tan and he finds endless inspiration from the Music of Tom Waits, a constant backdrop to his studio. Oehlers work has been exhibited in the U.K, Europe, America and Australia.