Adam Fowler


Adam Fowler Biography

Known for his painstaking process of precise cut paper constructions, Adam Fowler’s pieces are intricate sculptural drawings. After determining the scale, composition and architecture of each piece, Fowler starts by putting pencil to paper, creating gestural drawings in graphite. The initial drawings are then released with an X-acto knife so that all unmarked spaces are meditatively and meticulously removed by hand. The resulting sheets are then carefully stacked to complete each piece. Aspects of collage and sculpture are invoked in the stacking of the sheets and the 3-dimensional quality of Fowler’s work.

Adam Fowler received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Fowler is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a Fellowship in Drawing from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2011) and a Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant (2007). His works have been exhibited in many public institutions such as the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), the Drawing Center (New York, NY), and the Weatherspoon Art Museum (Greensboro, NC.)  His work has been published in the Harvard Review and reviewed by The New York Times, Art News, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Village Voice and many others.



Born in Fairfax, VA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

Spectral Resolution, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

Escaping Forward, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

Hide and Reveal, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

Trilogy, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

Unique Thrift, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

Incised Drawings, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

Flow (with Venske&Spänle), Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

Theme and Variation, Gallery at FlashPoint, Washington, DC

Group Exhibitions

Unraveling, Black Ball Projects, Brooklyn, NY
What's My Line, Transmitter/, Brooklyn, NY

Singular Object, 53 West 53, New York, NY

Reconfigured, Margaret Thatcher Projects, NY

Migratory Marks, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ
Catch As Catch Can, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

Cut, Drawn, Painted: New Works on Paper, Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
A Cut Above: 12 Paper Masters, Christopher Henry Gallery, New York, NY
First 30 Years, Robert Brown Gallery, Washington, DC
Next in Line, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY

White Hot, Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
Gallery Artists, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

On/Off the Grid, Irvine Contemporary, Washington DC
PaperCut, Lemberg Gallery, Ferndale, MI

SLASH: Paper Under the Knife, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY
Cut: Makings of Removal, Wignall Museum, Los Angeles, CA
At 21, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
Intricacies, Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York, NY
On, Of or About, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Home Schooled, Pace University, New York, NY

Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
Cut, Makings of Removal, Vincent Price Museum, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles, CA
Horror Vacui, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY
Re-Mix 2, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

Microwave, Five, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY
About Paper, Nu’uanu Gallery, Honolulu, HI
In Context: collage + abstraction, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY
Three Part Harmony: Definition, Delicacy and Detail in Drawing, Curator’s Office, Washington, DC
Drawings of Another Kind, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Supple, Warehouse Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Etch a Sketch, the drawing show, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY

Cutting, Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA
The New Collage, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
Aligned with Abstract LA, d.e.n. Contemporary art, Culver City, CA
The Trawick Prize, Creative Partners Gallery, Bethesda, MD
Summer Splash, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
Art Night, Hickok Warner Cole, Washington, DC

LineAge, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Seven, Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran (Warehouse Gallery), Washington, DC
15 x 15, Meyerhoff Galley (MICA), Baltimore, MD
Select III 2005 WPA/C Art Auction, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Core 13, Core Architecture, Washington, DC
Transformer 06.30.04 Auction, Fusebox, Washington, DC
Art Romp, Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC
Anonymous, Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran (Gallery at FlashPoint), Washington, DC

Living Room Concert for Eyes and Ears, Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC

Tree Climb, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

Ballpoint Pen Drawings, High Altitude Gallery (MICA), Baltimore, MD
MICA Commencement Exhibition, Fox2 Gallery (MICA), Baltimore, MD
Print Portfolio, Corcoran School of Art, Student Gallery, Washington, DC

Recent Etchings and Screen Prints, Dolphin1 Gallery (MICA), Baltimore, MD
Environmental Sculpture, Hyattsville Arts Project, Hyattsville, MD
Maryland Printmakers: Members exhibition, Bohrer Park, Gaithersburg, MD
Drawings, Tony Hungerford Memorial Gallery, La Plata, MD


Hassell, Matthew, "Adam Fowler: Escaping Forward, NY Arts Magazine", Vol. 20, V. 3, Summer

Hanley, William, "Adam Fowler at Brian Gross Fine Art", Modern Painters, September
Baker, Kenneth, Fowler Makes the Cut, San Francisco Chronicle, May 26

Terminal Magazine, Number 43, Spring 2011

The Harvard Review, Number 38, Fall 2010
Time Out New York, A humble material takes center stage as an artistic medium, Jane Harris, January 7, 2010.
Real Detroit Weekly, The Skin of Dead Trees, Robert del Valle, January 19.
Washington City Paper, “On/ Off The Grid” at Irvine Contemporary, Louis Jacobson, February 24, 2010.

The New York Times, Move Over, Humble Doily: Paper Does a Star Turn, Karen Rosenberg, October 19, 2009.
Art News, Reviews, Barbara A. MacAdam, December 2009.
Art Papers, January/February 2009, Art on Paper 2008, Max Halperen, January 28.
Elle Decor Italy, Mondi Di Carta, Piera Belloni Laura Maggi, December
Honolulu Weekly, Cheers to 21 Years, Marcia Morse, November 25
The Empire Weekly, Holey Sheet, Christopher Michno, November
The Winston-Salem Journal, Get Close: 'Art on Paper' show worth a long look, Tom Patterson, January 11

Weatherspoon Art Museum, Art on Paper 2008 Biennial, Exhibition Catalog October
Sculpture Magazine, Vol. 23 No. 3, Alt Basel, Julia Morrisroe, April
The Village Voice, Voice Choices, R.C. Baker, July 9

Interface Magazine, Review, Year 07, Christopher Steel, November
The New York Times, Art in Review, Martha Schwendener, August 24
The New York Times, Art Listings, Martha Schwendener, August 31
Honolulu Weekly, More than a paper moon, Marcia Morse, August 15
The New York Sun, Abstract Jewels of Modernism, Maureen Mullarkey, June 7, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle, Garrison’s Pencil Covers Lots of Ground, Kenneth Baker, June 5

Home & Design Magazine, Modern Bohemian, Sally Kline, Fall
The Bethesda Gazette, Few Surprises among Trawick Finalists, Claudia Rousseau, September 20
The Washington Post, Trawick Prize Winners’ Attention to Detail, Michael      O’Sullivan, September 2006
The Village Voice, Voice Choices, R.C. Baker, March 21, 2006
The Boston Globe, Marks of Distinction, Cate McQuaid, February 9, 2006
Interior Design Magazine, Safari in the Sky, January Issue, pp. 232 – 233 (Image), Raul Barreneche

Drawing Papers, Fall Selections 2005, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
The New York Times, Art in Review, Ken Johnson, October 14, 2005
The New York Times, Art Listings, Ken Johnson, October 21, 2005
The Village Voice, Voice Choices, R.C. Baker, October 17, 2005
The Georgetowner, Art Warp, John Blee, July 27, 2005
The Washington Post, Galleries, Jessica Dawson, January 2005
Washington City Paper, City Lights, Jeffry Cudlin, January 2005

New American Paintings, Number 51, Boston, MA, Open Studio Press, April 2004
Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran, 2004-05 Artist Directory, Washington, DC

Awards and Grants

New York Foundation for the Arts, Fellowship in Drawing, New York, NY

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY

The Trawick Prize (finalist), Bethesda Arts and Entertainment, Bethesda, MD

The Trawick Prize (semi-finalist), Bethesda Arts and Entertainment, Bethesda, MD

Young Artist Program Grant, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC


International Collage Center
Cantor Fitzgerald, New York, NY
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Wellington Management, Boston, MA
JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey Collection