Tracey Adams Sublime Abstractions

Kintsugi web, encaustic, collage and japanese papers on panel, 45x45, 2019[1].jpg
The Cure of Pain is in the Pain web, encaustic and Japanese papers, 48x36, 2019[1].jpg

Abstract artist Tracey Adams has perfected the art of lyrical minimalism and creates paintings that are a combination of clean and uncomplicated composition, resulting in a sublime visual experience. Like a single orchid in bloom, her work stands on its own as strong and soft at the same time, with a seemingly effortless balance of order and fluidity. Her work is the culmination of a complicated journey through gesture, line, color, and form, while showcasing the beauty in the ordinary, balancing subtle translucent layers with gestural lines and color. 

Tracey is an accomplished artist by all measures and is represented by galleries in the US and abroad, having exhibited her work in over 170 exhibitions worldwide. She is the recipient of the prestigious Pollock Krasner Foundation Award and, as a student, won a scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music, and subsequently received her master's degree in music, while pursuing her painting on the side. Tracey was raised in an artistic family and encouraged to be creative and pursue the arts. Her mother was a ceramicist, and her grandmother was a pianist and music teacher, and there was an abundance of art and music surrounding her growing up. After receiving her master's degree in music, she decided that the visuals arts were more suited to her passions and talents, yet the influence of music is clearly evident in her lyrical abstractions and gestural marks, and if she were not a visual artist, she would pursue music or be a chef, she says.

Her dedication to a regular meditation practice, along with her love of poetry, music, and being connected to nature and daily walks on the beach, are her sources of inspiration in both art and life, and she sees the two as profoundly interconnected. She says that life and art are indeed interlinked and inseparable for her.

Her work is peaceful, playful, and speaks directly to the balance at the intersection between opposites - geometric + organic, rhythm + minimalism, asymmetry + balance. As a graduate student, she spent time with John Cage and was influenced by his philosophy as well as the Buddhist philosophy of impermanence - that life is transient.  

To say her work is process-oriented is dismissive of the contemplative, quiet serenity and balance achieved by her paintings. She does what most abstract artists strive to achieve = she makes the complex appear simple.  

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To view her work, please visit her website at or follow her on Instagram @tracey_adams_studio