‘Over the past 2 decades l have engaged myself in the realms of picture making. These years have been some of the most personally rewarding years of my life, not to mention some of the most challenging. While academically trained in fine arts at the Victoria College of the Arts, I believe much of my work has instinctively been borne out of my heritage and my subconscious understandings.
Drawing from nature has become an essential stimulus for evolving my skills and sensibilities as a painter and has been imperative in tuning my senses to the subtleties of medium and representation. Each of my pictures has a life and identity of its own, that records in mark making, colour, light, gesture, atmosphere, climate, space, time and place.
My artwork sustains a series of observations and concerns, both spiritual and intellectual, that reflect upon the interrelation that has occurred from my personal experiences including field trips, relationships, imagination, research, education and memories. The result is a constantly evolving body of work that is ‘figurative’ in orientation, created using a variety of traditional painting techniques, materials and practices, combined with an overwhelming pride in craftsmanship.’
– Adam Nudelman 2015
With an artistic career spanning 25 years, Nudelman has exhibited widely and his works feature in prominent private, corporate and public collections. He has maintained a continuous practice as an artist since graduating in Fine Arts from Victorian College of the Arts in 1992.
“Nudelman’s work contains a subtle discourse surrounding displacement and cultural identity, where the landscape becomes a vehicle for the artist’s search to fully comprehend his place in the world. The grandson of Polish Jewish immigrants, Nudelman’s connection to his homeland was shrouded in secrecy, and the unspoken histories of people who suffered cataclysmic trauma during World War II. As his family heritage began to unfold, his work began to express the tension between belonging to Australian society, versus a feeling of dislocation from his newly revealed Jewish heritage.
In Nudelman’s work, a detailed observation of the natural world is imbued with psychological and emotional layers of meaning, as the artist explores the idea of a homeland and a sense of disconnection, and isolation from it. Yet despite the melancholy that exists in many works, an evocation of hope is always present in the beauty Nudelman extracts from his subject, via his cool breed of refined realism. Nudelman’s deep empathy for the plight of displaced people is subtly evoked in works that reflect his own journey of identity, and the universal hope for a better future.”
– Marguerite Brown, MA ArtCur
“Adam Nudelman is an artist firmly entrenched in the past: classical in technique, aware of the science and rules of composition and fascinated by the sublime like Turner, Constable and Ruisdael before him. However, he is very much an artist of today: aware of contemporary discourse, engaged with the psychology possible in picture making and constantly looking for ways to rediscover, rearticulate and represent the world in which we live.”
— Vincent Alessi, Former Artistic Director of La Trobe University Museum of Art, Melbourne