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|Adrian John Castelo|
You must taste the water or you must drown in it.
Donít just pollute it.
Pause before you jump and pray,
that no one throws you a life jacket.
This is your Titanic, by choice.
Go down slowly with it,
But send messages to the dry land world.
( unknown poet ).
Adrian John Castelo is both a painter and a ceramist. His 2D work consists of pastel and mixed media landscape influenced by realist and impressionist styles. While painting is his first love, he is an accomplished ceramist as well. Adrian is constantly experimenting with new ideas, glazes, and forms. His most striking works include hand-constructed vases and teapots with delicate leaf-like elements, wrapped like layers of an onion around a solid body. These organic constructions veil the classic form of the vessel with sculptural details that give each piece a unique character and a life of its own.
Adrian creates both high fire and Raku fired ceramics. All of his pieces are hand built, and most are functional, however form supercedes function in his work, and many of his more elaborate constructions are best suited for display. Although he states that he creates ceramics mostly as a means of relaxation, it is obvious he has a strong interest in the medium, and finds great joy in working with clay.
Adrian was born in San Diego in 1952. His education includes an A.A. degree in liberal arts, an A.A. degree in visual arts with a focus on three-dimensional work, and a B.A. degree in studio arts from California State University, Fresno.
To view Adrian's work available through Williams Gallery West