Landscape Paintings of Adam Straus
September 15, 2012 - January 6, 2013
Adam Straus, a native Floridian who studied painting at Florida State University, has been creating “beautiful and disturbing” landscape paintings for more than twenty-five years. Straus has the sensitivity of a poet and the ironic vision of a satirist, whose works of art inspire contradictory emotions, from open-mouthed wonder, and somber tears, to silly grins. "The artist has a responsibility to show and tell the truth," Straus asserts, while refraining from preaching a simplistic message in his work. The landscape paintings selected for Straus’s Vero Beach exhibition often have a mysterious quality that allows viewers to plenty of room for interpretation.
Straus moved to New York City from Tallahassee in 1990, and then in 2003, to the town of Riverhead on Long Island. Having been raised in Florida where he felt a close connection to nature, he and his family enjoy the nearby farmlands, walking paths, wetlands, and access to both the ocean and the Long Island Sound. Straus sees himself as working in the tradition of the many landscape painters who were drawn to Long Island in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He, too, finds inspiration in the changes in season and weather that the area offers, and the variety of subjects close at hand, from maritime views to misty roads and snowy woods.