Visual artist Adam S. Doyle perfects the art of painting birds whilst staying true and focused on the harmonious movement and expression of their wings, defined purely through the manifestation of his serenely articulate paintbrush strokes.
Doyle’s style runs thick on the use of good old fashioned oil paints, playing harmoniously with the movement of the paintbrush, his work reveals imprints expressive of the bird’s very form and splendor both rendered into a single expressive free-form. In this exceptional act of what appears to be simple swishing of the brush over the surface immediately revealing a perfectly formed bird, is in fact a tremendous exercise of control and discipline paired with a deeper understanding and respect for the medium he works with.
In his own words,
Yes, what you see is what it appears to be—strokes of paint. I’ve always loved unfinished paintings because you could see the alchemic process of surface and paint transforming into a living person. With my paintings, it does take quite a bit of working and reworking to arrive at the place where every brush stroke fits into a fluidly flowing whole. It’s important to me to find a balance between an elegance of form that holds both visible marks of paint and a representation of ‘energy within’. I’ll just add that the painterly craft of my images, which I consider secondary to investigating ideas and concepts, came about after a lifetime of expressive image-making, followed by doggedly exploring the aforementioned transformation in grad school. I realized during that same formative period that I was also captivated by trying to visualize energy, which I was quite familiar with having grown up with a dad who practiced Eastern medicine.
Doyle has always believed his work begins with a love for the magic of creation, “the blank surface about to be transformed into a living thing or another world.”
Adam S. Doyle frequently exhibits his work in New York City, Los Angeles and in Europe. He also illustrates for book and magazines, and has also worked in affiliation with publishers including Scholastic Books, as well as album covers and show posters.