Adam Normandin is a contemporary realist painter based in Los Angeles. The artist is best known for his depictions of freight trains, graffiti and the American landscape.

For me, things are most interesting as they are. I am inspired by random discoveries and unnoticed details that translate as evidence of life. My paintings are a search for overlooked beauty in depersonalized places. I don’t usually know what I am looking for until I find it, but I am drawn mostly to commonplace subjects. Unimportant moments, tinged with optimism and a no-nonsense way of being. I like the patina of things battered with use or forgotten about. Time and use, reveal truthful and soulful stories that transform the ordinary into objects rich with purpose and inherent beauty, far beyond superficiality.

My process begins with photography, but the final painting may only vaguely resemble the reference. Most often, I utilize a mix of many photographs. Combined, they represent the sentiment that attracted me in the first place. Carefully and respectfully, I render as much exquisite detail as I can see, until the painting conveys its own independent meaning.Time expands in this experience and the entire painting process becomes the point of it all.

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