Adam O’Day was born on June 16th, 1981 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Growing up, he always had a passion for the arts. He was nervous about embarking on a career path in the arts, but sure enough after high school he did just that. He moved to Boston and attended the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, where he received his B.F.A in Illustration and Graphic Design. Following college, he began a relatively short-lived career as an engineer for the navy doing draft work. He’d paint in his free time, normally after work, as it was a way for him to compartmentalize his day. One day, a local contest would completely change everything. He had entered some artwork in Boston’s Portrait of a City competition, and mayor Marty Walsh loved his work, deeming him the winner of the competition.
Winning the competition was a huge step forward for Adam O’Day’s career. He has had unbelievable PR, been featured in over 100 exhibitions and even has caught the eye of Boston Bruins players. BDCwire has referred to O’Day as a ‘modern Monet,’ and has compared his work to French impressionism. His style is inherently reminiscent of this revolutionary era, but his colorful-urban twist in his works put him in a unique category all on his own. He’s constantly trying to break boundaries and maintains a strong work ethic to ensure his paintings are unlike any others. His work typically depicts local urban landscapes, using color as a way to add more emotion and depth to the piece. His painting technique adds more texture, abstracting the everyday city forms into simplified shapes. His fascination with his surroundings is densely potent, and there is not telling what he will discover and paint for us next.