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I woke up literally and figurative, one morning in the fall of 1999, with a clear calling to become an artist. Although a little late to the party, I've committed myself to capture in paint, the magic of life with its longing, adventure and beauty.


Lawrence McAdams has committed himself over the last 20 years to capturing in paint the magic of life with its longing, adventure and beauty. He calls his work ‘Narrative Realism’. And as an avid surfer for over 50 years, the ocean figures strongly in his oeuvre. Born and raised in Southern California, McAdams showed artistic promise at a young age but had no access until an art class as a high school senior. While a young teenager, his family moved near Huntington Beach, CA and on his 15th birthday he was given a surfboard and started a surfing. Larry majored in commercial art during college. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from CSULB.  It wasn’t until 1999, after a Seminar by John Eldridge, Author of The Sacred Romance, that Larry realized he had unknowingly suppressed his artistic desires. He woke up one morning literally and figuratively in September of 1999 compelled to become an artist. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries and cultural centers including The Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, CA; the San Francisco Fine Art Fair; the George Billis Gallery in NY and Art Basel in Miami Beach. McAdams’ work is in private and corporate collections, including Hurley International in Southern California.  Larry is married with three children and five grandchildren. He is president of McAdams Group a branding, marketing and design consultancy in Newport Beach.


“Lawrence McAdams opts for romance.”Alan Bamberger,
Lawrence McAdams’"Sweet Nothings" gives the observer a sense of hovering above a woman lying on the floor. In it, her pale, right arm is covered in lace and she clutches a yellow bag of M&Ms, its contents spilling onto thecarpet. More..., Stephanie Wright Hession, San Francisco Chronicle
“Clever and subtle, the paintings of Lawrence McAdams succeed... McAdams’ work explores the peculiar alchemy of figure and environment in narrative construction, seducing the viewer with deceptively simple scenes populated by equivocal details. One painting, “The Door,” depicts a young woman waiting by a door that could be either open or shut, wearing an indeterminate black garment and holding an indecipherable letter. The painting invites the viewer to speculate, but commits to no single interpretation; the young woman may be reading a love letter or a devastating communiqué.”-Cristóbal McKinney, art critic for ZYZZYVA, San Francisco“Lawrence McAdams’... narrative paintings are populated by attractive people in odd and suggestive situations. Many are cinematic in their sweep and composition and... even suggest film noir. The paintings hint that the mystery and beauty of life is most evident in those moments when things seem to make the least sense.” -Jeremy Tessmer, Art Critic
“Coyness arrives in different flavors, as in L.L. McAdams’ warmly realist, mystery-cloaked images.”-Josef Woodard, Santa Barbara Independent
"And what would a show called 'Americans at Play' be without poolside imagery? Pool becomes metaphor in Lawrence McAdams's Eric Fischl-esque 'Taking Flight at the Canary', with rich folk at leisure and a rich, deep blue void coyly placed in the composition's center"-Josef Woodard, Santa Barbara Independent
“Lawrence McAdams has two images, with a lone figure in the foreground, while behind the sky is as moody as any found canvas from the 1870s. The juxtaposition is wonderful.”-Rebecca Schoenkopf, O.C. Weekly


EXHIBITIONS (Selected List)
2022, Art Love Gallery, Provence town, MA
2021, 100 Grand Show, Sullian Goss Gallery
2019, 100 Grand Show, Sullivan Goss Gallery
2019, The Haugen’s Home Show, Newport Beach, CA
2017, George Billis Gallery LA, Cityscape Show VII, Los Angeles, CA
2017, Chemers Gallery, Group Show, Tustin, CA
2016, Red Dot Tent –Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL
2016, George Billis Gallery, Summer Show, South Hampton, NY
2015, 100 Grand Show, Sullivan Goss Gallery
2014, 100 Grand Show, Sullivan Goss Gallery
2013, Duet Exhibit, Figure & Figures, Sandra Lee Gallery
2012, Selected Works, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Fran Fine Art Fair, CA
2011, Group Show,Allegories of the Human Figure, Sandra Lee Gallery
2011, Artist in Residence, Kindlings Fest, Orcas Island, WA
2011, Duet Exhibition, Curious Association, Sandra Lee Gallery
2010, Holiday Group Show, Sandra Lee Gallery
2010, Americans At Play, Sullivan Goss Gallery
2010, Selected Works, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010, Solo Exhibition,Paintings & Conversations with L.L. McAdams,   JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach,CA
2009, Orange County Artist Juried Exhibition, Newport Beach, CA
2007, Solo Exhibition, Sights & Insight, Sullivan Goss Gallery
2007, Juried Art Auction, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA,
2007, Solo Exhibition,Double Vision, Amor Viejo Gallery, Santa Ana, CA
2007, American Explorations Into Surrealism, Sullivan Goss Gallery
2005, Face to Face: American Portraits, Sullivan Goss Gallery
2004, In Search of America, Sullivan Goss Gallery
2003, Small Images, Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Doug & Leslie Ammerman, Montecito, CA
Ron Collins, San Francisco, CA
Michael & Linda Keston, Los Angeles, CA
David &Sharon Agnor, Portland, OR
Doug & Mary Lou Morton, San Francisco, CA
Jeff & Diana Brown, Corona Del Mar, CA
Greg & Cindy Dillion, Newmeyer & Dillion, Newport Beach, CA
Bob Hurley, Hurley International, Costa Mesa, CA
Paul & Kathy Neff, Newport Beach, CA
Geoff & Lucie Moore, Newport Beach, CA
Thomas Meredith, past CFO of Dell Computers, Santa Barbara,
CA Greg and Mishel Rohl, Solvang, CA
John & Lynn Siefker, Newport Beach, CA
Rick & Sheri Stinehart, Corona Del Mar, CA
Kim & Anne Storm, Newport Beach, CA
Brian & Lisa Watson, San Diego, CA
As well as collectors across the US and Great Britain


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