Adam Lister is a sculptor, painter, installation artist, curator and gallery owner. He currently lives and works in Fairfax, Virginia. Lister received his BFA in painting and sculpture from the School of Visual Art in 2003. In 2009, he was awarded an artist in residence prize from the Kimco Corporation and the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts, to open an art gallery. His own artwork has been exhibited internationally in galleries and alternative exhibition spaces.
Lister makes reductive artwork that revolves around concepts relating to balance, tension, failure, and gravity. His sculptures involve hovering magnets that are harnessed with strings, creating a delicate invisible energy. His paintings are hard edge geometric abstractions that call to mind images of cities, maps, circuits, playgrounds, and primitive video games. Overall, Lister is interested in developing a playful dialogue with viewers, he wants his work to be explored and act as a meditative escape. His work strives to have no start and no end, while constantly expanding and retracting, eventually becoming a visual game with no set objective.