We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Cee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, why did you pursue a creative career?
Art chose me versus myself choosing art. It was something that i was deeply interested in as a teenager, but i didn’t choose art to make money specifically. I wanted to create and make things from nothing just like other artists before me. I wanted to experiment with materials, fancy papers, and different mediums.
I was illustrating for fun years before the pandemic hit but i didn’t start opening up commissions until the pandemic started.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m most proud of being honest and open with my friends and followers online, they expect it from me and I’m really proud of that. I also have a very distinct way of illustrating and drawing, which really sets me apart from other artists I’ve been told.
Professionally I started working in IT doing computer repairs, network installations and setting up surveillance systems. I did that for a few years and eventually was hired at a Charter School in East Texas as an IT Director.
Was it easy? No, it wasn’t easy at all. Long hours. Little to no sleep, and people look down at you for working in technology sometimes. I would work on my artwork on weekends or when I had spare time between work. It was a lot of small micron pen drawings on paper back then, and some of that work is still available on my Instagram account.
I suppose i want the world to know that Commissions are open for 2023, and that I’m available for hire. I really love making others idea’s a reality. I love the process of recreating an image in my own way and delivering it to that person. I will always be open, honest about my work and I’ll always be genuine.
I’m just one small person and I hope that my story and artwork are able to reach and inspire others.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Museums. All the museums in Dallas, Ft. Worth, etc. I really love the Dallas Museum of Art a lot and don’t get to visit as often as I’d like to.
Record and book stores are also fun to visit. It all depends on the person visiting and what things they enjoy doing. I’d be a glorified tour guide as best as I could.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Stanley Donwood. He’s an English artist and writer who he has created all the artwork for the band Radiohead. I found his work through the band when i was a teenager and his work has stuck with me ever since. The bright colors straight from the tub, the scratchy digitally chopped up images, and all the artwork he created for the band was a big deal for me. It really opened up my eyes to a lot of different mediums i wouldn’t have found on my own.
He came out with this book called “Red Maze” which was a Monograph of all of his work up to that point and it really resonated with me. The book surveys his graphic work done for Radiohead and Matt Herbert alongside his paintings, woodcut sequences (such as London Views, graphic renderings of apocalyptic disasters befalling London) and commentary by the artist on his work and its evolution.
He filled a gallery with an actual red maze and had all of his artwork pasted onto the walls. There was a printing press making posters for the event and it was just really amazing and inspiring for me. I carried that book in my bag for at least a year.