Michael Lynn Adams
Contemporary Realist Artist

Michael Lynn AdamsContemporary realist artist Michael Lynn Adams is known for his luminous still life and figurative oil paintings. Inspired by discovering beauty in things that are often overlooked Adams sees painting as an act of contemplation.

Adams and his wife are advocates for healthful living with a deep appreciation for beauty and simplicity in everyday life. The luminosity found in many of his paintings symbolizes those values. A bunch of onions, a bulb of garlic, a sliced lime, a peeled lemon, can all bring a sense of wonder when we take the time to look. Collector Maggie Kruger noted in American Art Collector Magazine that Adams’ 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.”

An advocate for representational artists and skill-based fine art education, Adams co-founded The Representational Art Conference (TRAC) with Michael Pearce in 2012. He directed the first three conferences hosting nearly a thousand artists, educators and art professionals from more than twenty-six countries, making TRAC the premier international art conference focused on the philosophical underpinnings of representational art in the 21st Century.

A resident of Ashland, Oregon, Adams is a member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America (OPA), Portrait Society of America, and Ashland Gallery Association. His paintings have been exhibited in national and international shows, including California Art Club Gold Medal, Salon International, OPA National and OPA Western Regional exhibitions. His paintings are in private and museum collections across the United States.


Oil Painters of America
California Art Club
Portrait Society of America
Ashland Gallery Association


The Lily Pad Gallery – Rhode Island
1 Bay Street
Westerly, RI 02891

401 596-3426

The Lily Pad Gallery – Milwaukee
215 N Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

414 509-5756

Platt Annderson Cellars and Artisan Gallery
357 E Main Street
Ashland, OR 97520


Partial Exhibit List:

Group Exhibition – TRAC2019 Invitational Art Show, Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, Ventura, CA
Solo Exhibition – Featured Artist, Ashland Art Center, Ashland, OR

Solo Exhibition – Platt Anderson Cellars, Ashland, OR
Solo Exhibition – Belle Fiore Winery, Ashland, OR
Group Exhibition – Taste of Ashland Pop-up Show, Meyer Gallery, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR

Group Exhibition – 106th California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA

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