The Purity of Imagination and Color: A Self-portrait

The Purity of Imagination and Color is a work from the Artist’s solo exhibition Leslie Adams, Drawn from Life at the Toledo Museum of Art, which coincided with Manet, Portraying Life. This self-portrait, in addition to being her homage to Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, presents a treasured childhood memory. Here we encounter the unexpected juxtaposition of a young girl in an adult universe. The viewer is transported into a kaleidoscopic “Crayola’ colored world of a 1970s American bar. Sneaking olives from her father’s martini, she sits at the bar intently copying provocative Pop art images from cocktail napkins, as though they are Old Master drawings. She pauses and gazes into the mirror. Imagining. At that moment, she reminds us, “We are such stuff as dreams are made on”. -Shakespeare


J. Wayne Stark Galleries, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas; Women Painting Women: In Earnest

Customs House Museum, Clarksville, Tennesssee; Women Painting Women: In Earnest

Salmagundi Club, New York, New York; Selections from Art Renewal Center Salon Exhibition

European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), Barcelona, Spain; Selections from Art Renewal Center Salon Exhibition

The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Ohio; Leslie Adams: Drawn from Life


Honorable Mention, Art Renewal Center, 2014-15 ARC International Salon Exhibition

Semi-finalist, BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, England