Adam Knapper - Untitled Studies

Arts Access Victoria presents The Museum of Us

Adam Knapper is a Melbourne-based visual artist inspired by people, places, and events from within Melbourne’s rich cultural landscape.

Two vertical watercolour leaves. One large leaf on the bottom left, weathered and brown. One smaller, complete leaf top right that is pink and brown

About the work

Over the Covid-19 restrictions in 2020, my wife and I would go for regular walks, and I started collecting leaves found on the ground.

I was looking for character, imperfections and colour in the leaves I encountered. The leaves became a token of our time during the pandemic and represent the marking of time over the lockdown restrictions.

About the artist

Adam Knapper is a Melbourne-based visual artist. Coming out of the 1980s graffiti-art movement, Knapper is inspired by people, places, and events from within Melbourne’s rich cultural landscape.

Knapper creates artworks that utilise painting and drawing as a way of unravelling and revealing the complexities of mental health.

Recent solo exhibitions include Down the Line, online exhibition, 2020; Mind Fields, Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre, Melbourne, 2020; Imaginarium, survey exhibition and public mural, the Dax Centre, Melbourne, 2014; and group exhibitions Formation, The Dax Centre, Melbourne, 2019; Disability Pride Mural, public mural, Melbourne, 2018; Disquiet Minds, The Dax Centre, Melbourne, 2017.

Knapper was awarded first prize and poster publication, Mental Health Foundation Australia Poster Exhibition, 2017, and first prize, Connected 10, State Trustees Art Exhibition, 2010.

His artworks are represented in private and public collections including The Cunningham Dax Collection, Victorian Government and St Vincent’s Hospital.

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