Jamie Adams works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, and photography. His figurative work functions as personal memoir and addresses social themes of identity, memory, and desire. Characters in his work probe contemporary notions of identity, proposing the self as imaginary, constructed through language, or from images elsewhere. He draws on the cinematic culture of the 1950s and ‘60s, using montage and celebrity personae to insinuate conditions of disturbance, flux, transience, or a state of becoming.
His work is in the collections of the Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, Museum of Modern Art Library, MOMA Wales, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Research Library, Woodmere Art Museum, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. His work has been cited in Art in America, Bulletin du Musée Ingres, and the book Fragonard: Regards Croisés. He is represented by Jonathan LeVine Gallery, David Klein Gallery, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Philip Slein Gallery, Sirona Fine Art, and Lamensch Douglas Fine Art.
Adams graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University with his BFA in 1983, and he earned his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2000.