Featured C4 Member Artist, Jeffrey Adler – Making Atlanta a Better Looking Place

As I mentioned in a previous post, C4 Atlanta is highlighting the work of its members. Each month, we will post an interview about one arts organization and one member artist. We want to help build a community among our artists. Sometimes, with our busy schedules, we aren’t able to keep up with one another. This is a platform for expanding our creative reach and an opportunity to recognize the amazing talent residing within our city.

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Greenhouse Still Life - painting of plants and flowers
Greenhouse Still Life, Jeffrey Adler

Jeffrey Adler is a neat soul. I met Jeffrey during our Ignite class. Honestly, I was honored to have him in the seminar. Within that class, you have artists who bring a wealth of experience and insight to the table. Jeffrey is no exception. I hope that this interview will give you a glimpse of the artist, Jeffrey Adler. To learn more about Jeffrey, visit Adlerarts.com. Enjoy!

“I’m not trying to make the world a better place, just a better looking place.” –Banksy

I make new work blending a backward glance with a forward look or sound. (Making my living as a painter, photographer and designer, I sing and write songs, too.) I use symbols and pattern extensively in paintings, objects, and furnishings. Decorative art informs the work, often in the form of pictures within pictures. Text and texture become patterns in some work, 2-D and 3-D. 

JH:Are you originally from the Atlanta area?

Photo of a plate with dog in the center. Blue & white plate on red background.
Com Plat II-5, Jeffrey Adler

JA: I came to Atlanta in 1977, resident since.

JH: How long have you been practicing your art?

JA: I got my first commission when I was 18, so that makes four decades.

JH: Who inspired you to create?

JA: I have to say the inspiration to create came from inside, so I guess that means the inspiration was from the Universe.

JH: Who or what inspires you today?

JA: Jeff Koons is who. The challenge to make new work that is not totally derivative is what.

Leaf on tile floor
Wist leaves Bloss, Jeffrey Adler

JH: What is the greatest challenge facing Atlanta artists today?

JA: Wow. Of the ten questions, this one gives me the most pause. The greatest challenge facing any artist of quality is getting the work in front of the right patron, be it private, commercial, or institutional.

JH: What does Atlanta have to offer artists like you?

JA: Atlanta has been very good to me. It is affluent. It is full of professionals who commission art, who place art, and who buy art. Atlanta is also a music center with a diverse populace eager for novelty in all forms.

JH: Do you have a local favorite (artist)?
JA: Yes. The late Michael Venezia.

JH: What advice do you have for a young person thinking about being an artist?

JA: Those worn out aphorisms obtain: Just do it. Follow your heart. Learn history. Watch the pros. Read labels. Break rules. Be fearless.

Water color of Grover Farm
Water color of Grover Farm, Jeffrey Adler

JH: Do you have a favorite quote? What is it?

JA: I have many favorite quotes. I suppose this by André Gide is number one: “Trust
those who are seeking the Truth. Doubt those who find it.” Or maybe it’s this one by
Glenn Gould: “At the end of the day there are only two things that matter: Truth and
Beauty.”

Thank you, Jeffrey!

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