CHRISTOPHER ADAMS

A native of Medford, Massachusetts, Christopher Adams developed a passion for ceramics and nature in his youth. Adams experienced his first forays into ceramics while in high school; he went on to study Biology at Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in organismic and evolutionary biology. After Harvard, Adams spent a year in Madagascar observing the development of a national park system and collecting insects. He then returned to Harvard working as curatorial assistant and illustrator at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and then worked at an architectural firm specializing in the design of zoos and aquariums. His passion for art, biology and zoology still intact, he became increasingly interested in pathology and decided to go to medical school. In 2004 he graduated from Columbia University of Physicians and Surgeons with a degree in dermatology. Adams currently balances his professional practice as dermatologist with his prolific artistic life. Both are very visual and tactile professions, which feed off each other in a uniquely complementary way. Influenced by his biology background, Adams illustrates the concept of adaptive radiation (when an organism enters an unpopulated environment and differentiates rapidly) in with his surreal series of animal and plant-like forms.

“His porcelain can be precious and delicate, and his glazes dramatically complex, but it is the imagery itself that is so compelling.” - Joseph Jacobs, Art + Antiques

“Creepily beautiful, Christopher Adams fashions wonderfully delicate, spiky objects that look like specimens of underwater flora and fauna from another planet.”
- Ken Johnson, New York Times

“Influenced by his biology background, Adams illustrates the concept of adaptive radiation (when an organism enters an unpopulated environment and differentiates rapidly) in with his surreal series of animal-like forms.”
- Nastia Voynovskaya, Hi-Fructose Magazine Blog, August 2013

Press

Christopher Adams on 1stdibs
Christopher Adams on Artsy
Posit Issue 11, Visual Artists
8 Sep. 2016
Adams Ceramics, Flora and Fauna Eliza Jordan
16 Aug 2016
Adams Breathes Life into Ceramics Alexandra Alexa
5 Nov. 2015
Adams Primordial Garden in Bloom Mayer Rus
16 Oct. 2015
Primordial Garden at Garvey|Simon Downtown Magazine
9 Oct. 2015
Immersive Ceramics at Garvey|Simon Garvey|Simon Staff
8 Oct. 2015
Adams Brings Ceramics to Life Olivia Schwob
Jul.-Aug. 2015
Scale, Detail, Bravado in Adams Cate McQuaid
31 Mar. 2015
Review of Adams at Greenwich House Pottery
Review of Adams at Greenwich House Pottery Janet Koplos
Sep. 2014

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Biomorphic Ceramic Sculptures Nastia Voynovskaya
7 Aug. 2013
Adams Sculptures Excite Art World Stony Brook News
14 Nov. 2006
Doctor with Passionate Sideline New York Sun
25 Oct. 2006