BIO

Liam is a self-developed painter with no formal training as a fine artist. He teaches himself everything, usually inventing his own methods and techniques, because his art has always been a personal exclamation – not a rendition. In March of 2009, he sporadically began experimenting on canvas in his Philadelphia apartment. It compelled him to take up painting full-time from that moment forward, so he rapidly drained his savings on supplies and started working around-the-clock. Suddenly, every inch of his 700 sq. ft. apartment was transforming into an art studio – so much so that the only available space for him to sleep was his closet. Clearly, something was unleashed.

Liam also walked – a lot – which helped him discover local businesses throughout Philadelphia and NYC to position his abstracts for sale. Month after month, Liam continued to create, position, sell, and grow a larger following of collectors, and building a business in the process. He has been commissioned by private collectors and interior designers to paint custom pieces for homes and businesses in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Long Island. 

Over the last eight years, his work has been collected by discerning contemporary enthusiasts in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. In 2016, he moved to San Francisco to establish himself on the West Coast, although, Liam remains bi-coastal for commissioned assignments and art fairs. Liam paints everyday in his studio in Mill Valley, CA.

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" Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. "

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work is characterized by a distinctively elemental quality that echoes phenomena found in the natural world. Compositions are bold, readily engaging the imagination with textures, tones, and forms that feel reminiscent. My aim is disarming viewers with an immersive experience full of evocative mystique.

Typically, abstract paintings can be underwhelming for people. They aren't sure what exactly they're supposed to be seeing, and often the artist's intentions just don't translate through with their execution. Too many abstract painters dwell in a limited space with perfunctory techniques, materials, and compositions - contributing little to the art form, and confusing people with droning messages about hidden meanings.

Ordinary approaches to painting will only ever result in ordinary art. As an artist, I'm only interested in creating imagery spawned by thinking differently about painting altogether. I'm driven to disrupt this tired adherence to oils, to acrylics, and to splotches and smudges that mean more to the artist than the viewer. By utilizing bolder materials – eg. lacquer, shellac, joint compound, polyurethane, resin, wood stains, and solvents – and by approaching the application process with innovative methods I'm showing people a new kind of Abstract.

Inspiration isn't a part of my process, because I honestly don't have the patience for it. I believe the derivation of most remarkable things is simply hard work. Plodding effort. Devotion. Obsession. Instigating evolution – not waiting for it.

 

EXHIBITIONS + EXPOSURE

 

Blink Art Gallery  | solo exhibition

• 108 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA  

• June 2009

 

Daffy's  |  solo exhibition in Artist's window

• 1700 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA  

• July 2009

 

Tbar  |  tea house  |  featured Artist

• 117 S. 12th Street Philadelphia, PA  

• July - September 2009

 

Zot  |  restaurant  |  featured Artist

• 122 Lombard St. Philadelphia, PA  

• August 2009 - February 2010

 

Dada Rug & Art Gallery  |  solo exhibition

• 113 S. 12th Street Philadelphia, PA  

• September 2009

 

Thread Beauty Bar  |  featured Artist

• 1903 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA  

• October 2009 - March 2010

 

SLATE  |  restaurant  |  resident Artist 

• 102 S. 21st Street Philadelphia, PA  

• November 2009 - February 2015

 

Washington Square Dental Group  |  featured Artist

• 604 S. Washington Square Philadelphia, PA  

• November 2009 - March 2010

 

Chris' Jazz Cafe  |  solo exhibition 

• 1421 Sansom St. Philadelphia, PA  

• November 2009

 

Comcast Center  |  silent auction  |  solo booth

• 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Philadelphia, PA  

• November 2009

 

Kellijane  |  featured Artist 

• 1721 Spruce St. Philadelphia, PA  

• December 2009 - September 2010

 

Ozzie Perez Salon  |  featured Artist 

• 260 S. 20th Street Philadelphia, PA

• March 2010 - April 2011

 

John Allan's  |  featured Artist 

• 46 E. 46th Street New York, NY  

• March - July 2010

 

Sweet Magnolia  |  featured Artist

• 117 S. Easton Rd. Glenside, PA  

• March - June 2010

 

Glenside Arts Festival  |  solo booth exhibition 

• Glenside, PA  

• April 2010

 

NuVision  |  medical spa  |  featured Artist

• 20 E. 46th Street New York, NY  

• June - September 2010

 

Jenkintown Festival of the Arts  |  solo booth exhibition

• Jenkintown, PA  

• September 2010

 

Reinboth & Company  |  featured Artist

• 45 Bridge St. Lambertville, NJ  

• September - December 2010

 

John Allan's  |  featured Artist

• 418 Washington St. New York, NY  

• November 2010 - April 2011

 

Teen Nickelodeon's "HALO Awards"  |  (artwork featured in episode) with Ashton Kutcher 

• John Allan's  |  418 Washington St. New York, NY  

• November 2010

 

Fourth Wall Arts Salon  |  featured Artist 

• WHYY News Room  |  150 N. 6th Street Philadelphia, PA  

• January 2010

 

Sporting Club at The Bellevue  |  solo exhibition

• 224 S. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA  

• January - June 2010

 

John Allan's  |  featured Artist

• Saks Fifth Avenue  |  611 5th Avenue. New York, NY  

• January - June 2011

 

LiveWell Network's "Mary Talks Money" (ABC)  |  interviewed by Mary Caraccioli 

• 604 S. Washington Square Philadelphia, PA  

• February 2011

 

Reinboth & Company  |  featured Artist

• 45 Bridge St. Lambertville, NJ  

• April - November 2011

 

Knapp Gallery  |  solo exhibition 

• 162 N. 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA  

• June 2011

 

La Chele  |  medical spa  |  curated by Reinboth & Company  |  featured Artist 

• 430 Union Square Drive New Hope, PA  

• September 2011 - June 2012

 

Sorelle  |  salon + spa  |  featured Artist 

• 520 Limekiln Pike Ambler, PA  

• October 2011 - February 2012

 

Center for Family Representation (CFR)  |  charity gala  |  solo booth 

• Capitale  |  130 Bowery New York, NY  

• November 2011

 

Reinboth & Company  |  featured Artist 

• 45 Bridge St. Lambertville, NJ  

• June - November 2012

 

John Allan's  |  featured Artist 

• 418 Washington St. New York, NY  

• July - September 2012

 

Kelly-Cataldi Home  |  featured Artist 

• 280 N. Keswick Ave. Glenside, PA  

• December 2012 - February 2013

 

Fabio Doti Salon  |  featured Artist 

• 40 Exchange Place New York, NY  

• January 2013 - February 2014

 

Fatty 'Cue  |  restaurant  |  resident Artist 

• 91 S. 6th Street Brooklyn, NY  

• March - November 2013

 

Reinboth & Company  |  featured Artist 

• 45 Bridge St. Lambertville, NJ  

• March - June 2013

 

Anotheroom  |  bar  |  featured Artist 

• 249 W. Broadway New York, NY  

• April 2013 - January 2014

 

DeRose Method  |  coaching + consulting  |  curated by Element 6 Arts  |  featured Artist 

• 55 Murray St. New York, NY  

• May 2013 - March 2016

 

The Resolution Project  |  charity gala  |  solo booth 

• Copia  |  307 E. 53rd Street New York, NY  

• June 2013

 

Impact HUB  |  co-working space  |  resident Artist 

• 1227 N. 4th Street Philadelphia, PA  

• July 2013 - October 2015

 

Bridgette Mayer Gallery  |  "Benefit for BalletX"  |  featured Artist

• 709 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA  

• July - August 2013

 

InLiquid Art + Design  |  silent auction  |  featured Artist 

• Crane Arts Building  |  1400 N. American St. Philadelphia, PA  

• February 2014

 

Copper Hill Real Estate  |  resident Artist 

• 30 S. 15th Street Philadelphia, PA  

• February 2014 - May 2016

 

Bucks County Designer House & Garden  |  Concept 2 Design Interiors  |  featured Artist

• Serendipity Farm  |  Bucks County, PA  

• March 2014

 

Reinboth & Company  |  featured Artist 

• 45 Bridge St. Lambertville, NJ  

• October 2014 - February 2015

 

NEST Interiors  |  featured Artist

• 172 9th Ave. New York, NY  

• November 2014 - May 2015

 

Philadelphia Home Show  |  Concept 2 Design Interiors  |  featured Artist

• Philadelphia Convention Center  

• January 2015

 

Warburg Realty  |  curated by Element 6 Arts  |  solo exhibition

• 124 Hudson St. New York, NY  

• February - April 2015

 

Design On A Dime  |  Nile Johnson Interior Design  |  featured Artist

• Metropolitan Pavilion  |  125 W. 18th Street New York, NY  

• April 2015

 

Hudson Home  |  featured Artist  

• 366 Warren St. Hudson, NY  

• August 2015 - April 2016

 

Naivasha Studio & Gallery  |  resident Artist

• 1499 Grant Ave. San Francisco, CA  

• August 2016 - December 2017

 

L.A. Art Show  |  Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance

• Los Angeles Convention Center  

• January 2017

 

Art Palm Springs  |  Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance

• Palm Springs Convention Center  

• February 2017