October 16, 2014 9AM
Riverside, California


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Gregory Adamson

Performance Artist Gregory Adamson Paints with a Business Model to Help Charities Win


Gregory Adamson draws ooohs and aaahs with every stroke during his performances…much different from his former longtime career as a banking executive. Now a renowned Southern California artist, Gregory has gained domestic and international acclaim for his mesmerizing, fast-paced performance art in which he paints to music with bare hands or brushes, creating huge masterpieces in just minutes. His subjects are icons from the worlds of music, sports, history and other pop culture. He has taken his 'Facing the Music' performance art from coast to coast and abroad, entertaining at concerts with major recording artists, for members of Congress and other national leaders, business groups, major charity fundraisers and festivals. A highlight of Gregory’s international work was a performance for Olympic officials and dignitaries during the 2012 London Olympics.

Most importantly, Gregory’s thoughtful and unusual formula allows organizations to raise funds by auctioning the paintings he creates during his performances. He has lent his talents to scores of nonprofit organizations, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. As he says, “I’ve always served on non profit boards, have done volunteer service with a lot of charities, and it occurred to me I can use my art as part of my mission and help organizations raise money or just be of service to them through my art. It’s the thing I can do best for them.” Banker-turned-artist…this is his second, and most fulfilling career.

His clients across the music industry include major labels, broadcasters, musicians and the Grammy Foundation. His portrait of 2014 MusiCares Person-of-the-Year Gala honoree Carole King, follow past years’ portraits auctioned at the same annual gala of Neil Diamond, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, and Neil Young for the same event.

Gregory also creates privately commissioned studio paintings—including portraits and other subjects, and devotes time whenever possible to his ‘personal’ works which are more abstract in nature. His commissioned works are owned or exhibited by celebrities, elected officials, major corporations, public institutions, and professional firms (banking, architecture, insurance, etc.), and have been displayed in the Congressional Offices in Washington, D.C. His work has also been exhibited in New York, Canada, United Kingdom, China and Japan. He also teaches sell-out painting workshops.

Website: www.gregoryadamson.com