Jack Edson Adams
Jack Edson Adams
Briefly tell us something about yourself and your work.
Jack was born with the gift to draw well. His Grandfather , he was told, was a portrait artist. At eight years old Jack's mother would set him down with Life Magazine which featured a photo portrait cover, and he would draw the cover with ease. While in High School he entered the annual Fisher Body Competition for Automobile Design and won national honors. General Motors advised him to attend the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. When he told his father this, his father said "You are going to West Point". It was the first time this had been mentioned. And so it was. Jack competed for admission to West Point, was accepted, and survived the four years on the Hudson. He became art editor of the "Pointer" magazine and his monthly political cartoon exposing his keen acerbic wit was legend. Jack managed to get his first graduating posting to a Nike Base in Los Angeles so he could attend the Art Center as an eventing student. He loved it. But after the two year assignment ,he still had three more years to complete his commitment to the military. So Jack switched branches to Military Intelligence. ( as George Carlin said..."certain terms are Oxymoron, like "Giant Shrimp" or "Military Intelligence" ). Off he went to Washington DC, American University in Foreign Affairs and "Spook School" by day and drawing the nude from life at the Corcoran Gallery School in the evenings. A" James Bond" sort of dichotomy he relished. But then off to War....to Saigon. These years were spent in pursuing Strategic Analysis on General Staff for General Westmorland. Then, finally, he was able to part from the Army and re-enter as a full time student at the Art Center College. He graduated cum-laude at the top of his class. Fate then opened a door for him through a friendship in Hawaii to join an Interior Design firm. He excelled at Hotel and Restaurant design, rendering the images he imagined in his mind for hotel developers... "Fantasy Fulfillment" was Jack's forte. As Disney famously dubbed his designers of Disney World as "imagineers". Jack opened his own firm, Adams Design, and grew to be rated in the top 50 Interior Design firms in the world by Interior Design Magazine during the 80's. In 2002 Jack moved with his wife to her home in Greenwich Village, NY. He traveled the world doing Hotel concept design. Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi,