Art is sold exclusively at the Farron Elizabeth Boutique in Atascadero
NORTH COUNTY – A diverse selection of books and magazines is scattered at the artist’s feet – the art of ancient cultures alongside modern fashion magazines. Nine individual canvases are arranged in front of him, all in different stages of completion. Pitch black headphones keep him focused while he is working.
Artist Adam Eron Welch has hosted four live painting sessions over the past week – Wednesday and Thursday at Farron Elizabeth in Atascadero and Friday and Saturday at the Brecon Estate in Paso Robles.
From North Park, San Diego Welch is no stranger to the Central Coast.
“I first arrived in Paso in 2003, did my first wine tasting at Linne Calodo, took a sip of LC Red & Cherry Red, and suddenly understood that I had found a magical place on earth,” said Welch. “Trying my first Paso wines was a transcendental experience.”
In 2018 the artist had his first major solo exhibition “Urban Archaic” in downtown Paso Robles, which was sold out within 4 hours. His art now appears on numerous wine labels, album covers, murals and magazines.
“It was the first time that people could watch me at work,” Welch explained, “which was terrifying at first because I’m generally a very lonely person. Painting requires total concentration for the almost constant decisions I have to make … I wanted to do it, however, to involve the viewer in my process and to talk to them about the work. Even Mayor Moreno came over to say hello and watch a little. All in all, it was very enriching and, I think, successful. “
Influenced by pre-Columbian pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican art, sacred art of the Maya, Aztec, Zapotec, the art of the Pacific Northwest tribes – the Salish and Kwakiutl tribes in British Columbia and Washington – from an art considered “primitive” by some.
“I love the rawness of the work,” said Welch, “how honest it can be, how sacred it was to the people who made and used the objects and reflected their understanding of the world around them and their place in them. I want my paintings to be more than just decoration – I want them to be talismans, decorated with gravitas, painted with a heart like the masks of Yoruba and Puget Sound, like the ceramics of the southwestern pueblos, like the sculptures by sculpture Zapotecs in Oaxaca. I want to create paintings that are both modern and antique at the same time. “
“All of this now overlaps with my new interest – thanks to Farron – in womenswear. She sends me magazines when she’s done with it – Vogue, Cosmopolitan, etc, and I paint from the photos. I also use some of yours [Patrick Patton] Photos for reference because they are so clean and beautiful. I want my subjects not only to be pretty, but also to exude feminine resilience and strength, like a diet. I call my subjects ‘Diosas’. I call my style ‘Urban Archaic’. “
“I’ve traveled all over the world,” said Welch, “in over 40 countries on six different continents. I’ve been to Jerusalem, Kathmandu, Istanbul, Rome, Bangkok, Cairo, Bogota … my favorite place on earth is Paso Robles. “
All new Adam Welch paintings are sold exclusively through the Farron Elizabeth Boutique and can be browsed and purchased at farronelizabeth.com.