Contemporary American artist Peter Adams
was born in Los Angeles on August 27, 1950. He received his training
at Art Center College of Design, Otis Art Institute, and Instituto
de Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende. However, it was at the
Lukits Academy of Fine Arts in Los Angeles where he finally found
the traditional artistic philosophies he so admired. At the Lukits
Academy, Adams spent seven years in diligent formal training
and as personal apprentice to the renowned mural, landscape and
portrait painter Theodore N. Lukits (1897-1992).
From his years with Lukits, Adams gained
a heightened appreciation for Oriental objects and antiquities.
At the Lukits Academy it was typical for students to study still-life
compositions that consisted of original sculptures and porcelains
from the various Chinese dynasties that were part of the Lukits
personal collection. This interest later led to his traveling throughout
Asia, and in 1980 Adams was the first American artist to travel
and paint unescorted through the Peoples Republic of China.
His fascination for Asia gained him great
acclaim when, in 1987, he was the only American artist to travel
and paint with the Mujahideen rebels in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan.
Today, Adams combines Eastern design concepts with the Western
sense of depth through atmosphere.
Since 1993 Adams has served as president
of the prestigious California Art Club, which was established
1909 and is one of the largest and most active professional arts
organizations in the country. Under his leadership, the Clubs
roster has grown from 80 members to nearly 3,000 at present.
Today, the California Art Club is recognized as a leading proponent
in the current national traditional-realist art movement.