Adare, a hyperactive, eye-patch wearing, mess of a kid began painting at the tender age of 7 when their parents, in a fit of desperation asked what they wanted to do (failing all manner of sports, acrobatics, and of all things modeling class). "I want to paint real" was the earnest reply. Luckily they found Mrs. Blanchard an amazingly kind and gifted oil painter.
This is Adare's first painting, classical technique and tomato sauce was apparently in their blood.
OFF TO SCHOOL THEY WENT...
Graduating the San Francisco Academy of Art University, Adare was gratefully challenged by William Maughan, while Bill Sanchez's "Wrap it around" will forever echo in their head. Earning a full three year scholarship, they studied at the Temescal Atelier for Classical Realism under the esteemed living master David Hardy, whose dynamic use of color theory combined elements from his own tutors, Antonin Sterba and William H. Mosby of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and Joseph Van der Brouk, graduate of the Royal Academy in Brussels. Adare studies under David every opportunity they gets.
"David Hardy explores reality through color, from the flushing reds of the neck to the subtle luminosity of a moistened lip–he's one of the best color theorists in America."
DURING THEIR TIME AT THE ACADEMY,
Adare's work was featured at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor for a Toulouse Lautrec retrospective.
Adare began their Fine Art career as The Muse Studio, founding the annual Muse Showcase: A Celebration in Art and Music, in Berkeley, CA. Expanding throughout the Bay Area, Adare took on two solo shows, the first at the Sutter Gallery in San Francisco followed by another at Epic Arts in Berkeley, this is where they found their love of combining the many art forms, always tying them in with music and fire if possible, Adare picked up the fire bug in Ireland and hasn’t been able to shake it since.
Using corsetry as a symbol of restraint and revolution, their current portraits explore the sensual and erotic history of the bohemian underground while revisiting the classical styles they've adored since their childhood.
Recruiting prominent artistic activists as their models, their growing collection of portraits is featured in a non-fiction history titled Restraint & Revolution: The Art of Adare and a DVD of the models interviews are also available.
Exploring the counterculture realm of BDSM, kink and the taboo.
As an advocate of sensual and sexual diversity Adare focuses on clear truthful communication in this no holds barred work in progress. This project is designed to shed light and real fact, not fiction on this most fascinating subject.
Honoring traditional cultures and sights as a continuing effort to engage the viewer to a larger understanding of "Our Global Village." Paintings are constantly being added as amazing individuals cross Adare's path and their travels continue.
"Paintings are reflections in time, captured, still breathing. These windows to another's soul are to be examined by all, beheld by many and moved by what I can hope for, within you."