Rival Lands

Show Title:

Rival Lands


Blockfort, 162 N 6th St, Columbus, OH 43215


September 2019

Artist Statement:

Rival Lands is a two person show featuring the work of Pittsburgh artist Brian Gonnella and Columbus based artist Adam Hernandez.  Both artists explore the use of iconography, symbology, and cultural references to paint new pictures of a global world. The varied styles of each are made complimentary though context and oppositional in referential callings.

With this body of work, Hernandez views himself an anthropologist who has brought back tangible relics from this imaginary land. View these paintings as shrines. In his mythology, the Godmask acts as a vessel used to channel the power of the creature personified. The multiple eyes are present as an encouragement to look beyond our surface world and into what lies in the spiritual realms. Fierce beasts become symbols of self confidence and power. Creatures like the owl, who in our world are shrouded in mystery, become representatives of life and death. Note the references to Quetzalcoatl (the feathered serpent) and Anubis (the jackal) in the owl paintings.

The large samurai painting is an homage to Yasuke, a real life African man who found himself thousands of miles away from home in a foreign land. He rose to prominence and became a legend in Japanese history. Hernandez imagines Yasuke riding into battle wearing a Godmask as an encouragement to all of us who find ourselves in tough situations. Ride forward and roar at your obstacles!

About the Artist:

Adam Hernandez is a Columbus, Ohio based mural artist who has proven himself in the realm of public art. He has worked with international organizations, such as Upfest, to create custom murals that are both vibrant and engaging. The Upfest Godmask Mural is a piece that was created as part of Europe's largest international mural festival.  Adam's commissions are not limited to the festival scene, however. As a local artist, he has created numerous public art installations that have transformed the streets of American cities such as Columbus, Ohio, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and Nashville, Tennessee. Adam’s work as a street artist has garnered him a reputation as a talented muralist. Whether Adam is working on a large-scale mural or a small-scale commission, Adam's attention to detail and passion for his craft shines through in every project he undertakes.

In short, Adam Hernandez is a midwest based mural artist who is making waves in the world of public art. His ability to work with international organizations and create stunning murals in the festival setting is a testament to his talent and dedication. Whether you are looking for a custom mural or a public art installation, Adam is the artist to call.

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