Adams came to Evanston with his family at age eighteen in 1931 and stayed until he retired to New Mexico in 1977. The paintings in this virtual exhibition span almost this entire period, starting with his 1933 self portrait and culminating in his 1977 "Sunday Morning, My Farewell to Evanston."
Adams was passionate about painting and he loved Evanston, particularly certain buildings and places which he portrayed numerous times. Many of his paintings appear almost super-real, but upon close inspection, the paintings are loosely rendered - details are not filled in, faces are blank, storefront signs have no letters.
Adams supported himself by running an art supply store; in addition to being a place to showcase his paintings, the store allowed him to paint in the mornings and run the business in the afternoons. Since Adams didn't have an automobile, many of his paintings, including several in this virtual exhibition, depict scenes from the neighborhood surrounding the store.
We have aranged the sequence of paintings to draw attention to some of the recurring themes in Adams' work, if you prefer to browse the images in a different order use the "Image Index" link to the left.