Michael Lynn Adams Contemporary Realist Artist

Michael Lynn AdamsMy wife and I are advocates for healthful living with a deep appreciation for beauty and simplicity in everyday life. The light and luminosity in my paintings are symbols of those values. Painting these images is an act of contemplation that I hope produces the joy of discovering unexpected beauty in things we often take for granted. A bunch of onions, a head of garlic, a sliced lime, a peeled lemon, can all bring a sense of wonder when we take the time to look.

My work is in pri­vate and public col­lec­tions through­out the United States. Collector  Maggie Kruger noted in American Art Collector Magazine that my work “has a lumi­nous qual­ity; ema­nat­ing a quiet glow on the gallery wall. Collectors are mes­mer­ized and drawn to each of the works, mov­ing from each jewel-like paint­ing, bask­ing in the reflected light.”

A Los Angeles, California res­i­dent I am a mem­ber of the California Art Club, and an asso­ciate mem­ber of the Oil Painters of America (OPA). My paint­ings have been exhib­ited in national and inter­na­tional shows, includ­ing Salon International, OPA National and OPA Western Regional shows.

I am also the co-founder of The Representational Art Conference (TRAC), the premier international art conference focused on the philosophical underpinnings of representational art in the 21st Century. TRAC is an international cultural event hosted by California Lutheran University’s Arts Initiative.


Oil Painters of America
California Art Club
Portrait Society of America


Principle Gallery – Charleston
125 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 727-4500

Principle Gallery – Alexandria
208 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 739-9326

The Lily Pad Gallery
1 Bay Street
Westerly, RI 02891

(401) 596-3426

Partial Exhibit List:

Group Exhibition – The Language of Objects: A Still Life Invitational, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA
Group Exhibition – OPA 25th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX

Group Exhibition – TRAC2015 Invitational Art Show, Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, Ventura, CA
Group Exhibition – California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Fischer Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibition – These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things -annual Still Life show, Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC
Solo Exhibition – Fresh Harvest, Museum of Ventura County, Ventura, CA

Group Exhibition – Salon International 2013, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
Group Exhibition – California Lutheran University Faculty Show – Government Center, Ventura, CA
Group Exhibition – The Man Show – Kwan Fong Gallery of Art, Thousand Oaks, CA

Solo Exhibition – Garden Inspiration, M Gallery of Fine Art, Charleston, SC
Group Exhibition – Artists for the New Century – Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT

Group Exhibition – The New Figurative – Kwan Fong Gallery, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California
Group Exhibition – Private Places – M Gallery of Fine Art, Charleston, SC

Solo Exhibition – Kwan Fong Gallery, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California
Solo Exhibition – M Gallery of Fine Art, Sarasota, FL
Solo Exhibition – The Gallery at Overton Hall, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California
Group Exhibition – New Works: ACCV & Friends Exhibit, Thousand Oaks, CA

Salon International 2009 – Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas – Top 50 Jury Choice
SmallWorks North America, Greenwich Workshop Gallery, Fairfield, Connecticut

Salon International 2008 – Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
Oil Painters of America Western Regional Competition 2008 – Devin Galleries, Coeur d’Alene, ID
Oil Painters of America National Competition 2007 – Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, Texas