Antonio Adams has earned his status as Master of Loyalty, as you can witness from the photos above. He has been working hard for the last 17 or so years on perfecting a body of artwork that reveals what it means to be an artist and a friend. He’s the Artist in Residence at Thunder-Sky, Inc. He’s the co-founder of Visionaries + Voices. (In fact it was his brilliance and kindness and sense of duty that spawned the whole idea of an art studio specifically for self-taught artists; he drew out the initial plans, and he created the atmosphere and ethics for both Thunder-Sky, Inc. and V+V.)
Antonio’s a hard worker and a survivor and he can make art that not only reflects trials and tribulations, but that celebrates his own genius without any self-involved BS. He is building a world inside his head and then making it happen externally through art shows and costumes and manifestos and funky parties. He works hard at Frisch’s. He works hard at Thunder-Sky, Inc. He keeps Raymond Thunder-Sky’s spirit alive through practicing what he and Raymond always preached: get a job, do it well, be kind, laugh, move forward.
Antonio’s latest gig at Thunder-Sky, Inc. opens August 26, 2016. “Well-Known Pacifically” is the final installment of a trilogy of shows started in 2012, and is a survey of all the work he’s done in creating that trilogy, including the debut of a masterwork. There will be red-carpet, velvet-ropes, a Tribute group show to Prince in the basement of the gallery, and some food and beverages. 6 to 10 pm reception.