J. Adam McGalliard has been a professional, internationally exhibiting artist for over 16 years. He received an MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Art in 2003 and spent the next decade living and working in NYC. For nearly four years he worked behind the scenes as an Artist Assistant for world-renowned artist Jeff Koons. McGalliard taught painting and drawing at Brooklyn College and City University of New York. He has since moved back down south and currently works and teaches privately in his studio in Jacksonville, Florida. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Museo de la Cuidad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico, the Cameron Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum. Forbes, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, Winterrundgang der SpinnereiGalerien in Leipzig, Germany, HDLU Ring Gallery in Zagreb, Croatia and Stolen Space in London, England. His work has been sold in auction houses including Sotheby's and Phillips de Pury.
As a painter, I use visual language to delve into the realm of the human psyche. I believe, as Jung did, that we are born with certain innate archetypes. As we age and are exposed to the external world, we begin to shape our own personalized archetypes through the process of introjection. We then take the stories, ideas and assumptions about ourselves and society we have created and project them back into the world through our behavior, dress, masks and roles we choose to take on.
My Projections series breaks from traditional portraiture and incorporates multiple layers of imagery that personify the identities, beliefs and expressions that individuals present to the world. These projections act as a double-edged sword. If spoken loudly, they can starkly reveal something that is hidden, like the writhing tattoos of the Illustrated Man. If used covertly, they can conceal by creating a protective outer hull. The intention is to depict a combination of someone's conscious and unconscious spheres, rather than merely capture his or her outward appearance.
With the paintings in Personas, I depict and expand individuals' traits and personal narratives, distilling archetypes and the various roles people choose in order to participate and function in society. As we lose touch with old myths and outdated identities, I want to create fresh stories for our exponentially evolving contemporary culture.
Savannah Art Informer
Projections & Personas: Inside J. Adam McGalliard's Studio
by Lisa Hueneke
Lake Norman Magazine
Inside Out: Painter J. Adam McGalliard’s portraits reveal hidden layers and inner persona leaving the viewer to question meaning
by Michael J. Solender