Adam Umbach 1986 —

Biography

ADAM UMBACH
Painter of Light

Adam Umbach was born to paint. It wasn't until he saw the film of the autobiography of Gerhardt Richter, did he realizing that Richter's strokes spoke of light, as beautiful as strokes of DNA, a DNA that Umbach builds his paintings upon.

Light, color and space define Umbach's work. Born in Chicago, he was drawn to art at an early age. Instinctively he felt that the heartland of America at the head of Lake Michigan lacked light, lacked the ‘splendor of light'. After University he moved first to
Maine and then to East Hampton, finally drawn to the light on the Eastern shore of Long Island, as have artists in the 19th Century from Thomas Moran to Childe Hassam and William Merritt Chase and in the 20th Century William de Kooning and Perle Fine to Ross Bleckner and so many painters before him. Umbach's subject matter is often childhood subject matter memorializing his close ties to his beloved grandmother.

The ground, the very expressive surface, and tone of Umbach's paintings reminds the viewer of 15th century Flemish art and particularly of Jan Van Eyck, Umbach shares his great emphasis on naturalism, and realism. Through his developments in the use of oil paint Van Eyck achieved a new level of virtuosity. Van Eyck was highly influential and his techniques and style were adopted and refined by the Early Netherlandish painters. Surely, Adam Umbach is exploring the exquisite depth of tone achieved by his method of dragging layers of paint, one atop the next to produce his distinctly full bodied resonant color.

It has been noted, that Adam Umbach's technique allows the inner color in the painted composition to emerge fully, much like Dan Flavin's compositions with fluorescent light which have caused him to be dubbed the ‘Colorist with Light'. Adam Umbach, Gerhard Richter and Dan Flavin produce works with a deep richness and warmth, brought forth through the organic, kinetic effect of light.

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An important source for modern and contemporary American & European Art in East Hampton, New York & worldwide, Janet Lehr Fine Arts' spectacular wide-ranging inventory consists of unique paintings, drawings, large & small scale sculpture, monotypes, prints and photographs  by Ansel Adams, Milton Avery, Richard Avedon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, Fernando Botero, Cartier-Bresson, Marc Chagall, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Willem De Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, David Hockney, Winslow Homer, Wolf Kahn, Jeff Koons, Fernand Leger, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Thomas Moran, Henry Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Cindy Sherman, Charles Sheeler, Bert Stern, Alfred Stieglitz, Andy Warhol, Carleton E Watkins, Tom Wesselmann and Andrew Wyeth.

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