Join ArtsUnited for their April Artist Mixer featuring Adam Collier Noel on Thursday, April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bona Italian Restaurant, 2468 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Noel is an award-winning photography-based mixed media artist. His work relies heavily on the appropriation of vintage imagery and their relationship to the contemporary world through the lens of popular culture. His artwork will be displayed throughout the month of April. Portions of the art sales go to support ArtsUnited.  Become a member of ArtsUnited during the event and get 20% off membership. There will also be silent auction items at the event.

It was a pleasure to sit down with Adam for this Hotspots exclusive interview.

At what age did you pick up your first camera and tell us about that experience? 

As a young man I always had my 35mm Canon camera documenting friends and family, but over time I became more interested in vintage photographs taken by other people and began combing thrift stores and antique malls for found images I could incorporate into my artwork. My collection of original vintage snapshots is now the subject matter for my mixed-media creations

Did you have any formal training in photography? 

I have a Bachelor of fine arts degree in photography and have explored a variety of mediums including sculpture, installation and painting. Currently my work is focused on fusing collage with photography using paper ephemera and photographic transfers of vintage snapshots as the subject matter. In particular, my focus is on portraits of men from a bygone era who ultimately reflect personal and universal narratives. There is a history, sincerity and energy captured in these discarded memories that I want to celebrate.

When did you realize that photography/art would be your career?

I always knew making art would be my career and have exhibited and sold my work with galleries in Provincetown, Indianapolis, Calgary and South Florida and during Art Week Miami.

Who are your mentors in photography and why?

All working artists are my mentors. I love meeting creative people who are navigating the art world and making it work for them. I read blogs, watch how-to videos, and find anything that inspires me to be a better artist. Being an artist is all about evolution and involvement in community.

Describe your photographic style?

My artwork could be described as photography-based, mixed-media collage with an edge. I like the work to be a little messy. I want viewers to see the energy I put into the pieces, so I don’t want them to be too pristine

What does the future hold for you? 

Looking forward I know I will continue my work as a studio artist in tandem with a career in the arts. I’ve always worked in galleries and photography studios and equally love art consultation, curation and working with other artists. It is a passion that only gets stronger.

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