Adam Celeban - Artist, Illustrator & Designer

Welcome to Adam Celeban's online artwork gallery. You'll find examples ranging from digital painting & drawing to traditional painting, watercolours and even chalk art.

View Artworks Traditional Painting, Character Design.

F for Flourish

F for Flourish - Adam Celeban 2013

1 October 2013. Acrylic and marker on wood. Duration: 4-6 hours.

This little (9x5 inches) piece was created as my entry to the 18th Annual Illustrators Australia 9x5 Exhibition with the theme of “flourish”. It's a luminescent seahorse, proudly displaying its leafy appendages for all to see.

Visit Illustrators Australia for more information on the exhibition and silent auction.

View Artworks Traditional Painting, En Plein Air, Australia.

Oxford Falls

Oxford Falls - Adam Celeban 2012

27th January 2012 - acrylic on canvas.

In January 2012, I organised to go painting in the bush with my artist and friend, Arto Heino. It seemed like Sydney's non-stop raining summers had finally finished, but we still needed to cover our easels and run to the trees for cover every so often… and just wait it out. Arto managed to make a start on a few paintings, but I was determined to completely finish this one painting.

I've been observing the Australian landscape a lot recently, and this painting gave me an opportunity to express a more stylistic and slightly "Seussian" interpretation, especially of the trees' wavy trunks and branches, and the cloud-like canopies of leaves.

View Artworks Watercolour, Australia.

Govetts Leap

Govetts Leap - Adam Celeban 2011

November 2011. Watercolour on Paper.

View Artworks Traditional Painting, En Plein Air, Australia.

En Plein Air Painting Workshop

Austinmer Headland - Adam Celeban 2010Austinmer Beach - Adam Celeban 2010

Duration: each approx 3-6 hours.

I was privileged enough to be offered the opportunity to attend a 3-day "en plein air" painting workshop. It was the first workshop to be held at the The Outlook Artist's Residence in Austinmer (1 hour south of Sydney).

The workshop was held by artist and friend, Rudy Kistler
(who is an excellent teacher too, by the way).

Featured here are my paintings from the workshop. To the left is the first day's study, looking out from a headland at Austinmer beach. Below that, to the left, is a costal landscape painted from the vantage point of the old, run-down Headland Hotel.
And below is a painting of a creek flowing under a shady spot on a little bridge by Austinmer train station.

Creek at Austinmer Station - Adam Celeban 2010
View Artworks Chalk Art, Anamorphic.

The Plight of Old-world Vegetables

The Plight of Old-world Vegetables - Chalk Art, Adam Celeban 2011

6-9 October 2011 - Chalk on Canvas (2x3m). Duration: 3½ days.

My entry to The Chalk Urban Art Festival, this year, won a prize! The theme for this year's competition was "food", and it seems as though each year of the competition just keeps getting bigger and better. Congratulations to all of the other prizewinners, and to everyone else who competed.

My work (an appropriation of Grant Wood's American Gothic) tells the tale of an old migrant couple, from a bygone era, Mr Zucchino and his wife, Melanzana. They plead that their taste never be forgotten. Their only hope for the future is that their kind never die out - that they are eaten, and their descendants flourish once more.

View Artworks Digital Painting, Character Design, Photoshop.

Big Mamma

Big Mamma - Digital Painting, Adam Celeban 2011

20-21 September 2011 - Digital Painting. Duration: 7 hours.

As a gift to a friend and Blues lover, who doesn't have nearly enough room to house the entire chalk series of Croak, Bellow, Howl & Growl, I completed this digital painting version of "Bellow" (also affectionately known as Big Mama).

Normally reticent to re-make or revisit old work, and keep developing as an artist, I really enjoyed painting this piece because it gave me an opportunity to just concentrate on the painting and focus solely on how the light works in it and develop that to a finer degree.

View Artworks Chalk Art, Character Design.

Croak, Bellow, Howl & Growl

Croak, Bellow, Howl & Growl - Chalk Art Blues Tribute, Adam Celeban 2010

7-10 October 2010 - Chalk Artwork Series. Duration: 3½ days.

As the chosen "poster boy" for the Chalk Urban Art Festival of 2010, I was swamped with interviews and consequently given an opportunity to flesh out my identity as an artist. I was interviewed by Aesthetics Now Magazine, Street Corner, AFTRS Radio, and Hawkesbury Radio.

2010's Chalk Urban Art Festival was given the theme of
"The Blues". For my entry I chose to tribute Blues musicians with four characters, each drawing inspiration from a mix of different artists. This year I gave myself an added challenge of splitting the 2x3m canvas into a series of artworks, each one a more manageable size. You might notice that the Gorilla (The Growl of Croak, Bellow, Howl & Growl) is shown unfinished. Unfortunately due to time, over-achieving and suffering for my art (that led to painful and bloody fingers), "time" was called just before I was able to complete it.

View Artworks Exhibition, Digital Painting.

Digital Dreams

Adam sells his first print of his first ever digital painting - August 2010Artworks on display - August 2010

An exhibition that treads new ground by exhibiting Australian digital painters. 27th August - 9th September 2010.

I was invited to exhibit my work at Brunswick Street Gallery – three storeys of gallery space tucked up above a bookshop in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Suddenly this part-time passion had turned into a somewhat more than part-time adventure.

I hurriedly painted another artwork to add to my collection, organised printing, framing and shipping, and flew down to Melbourne to attend the opening night, accompanied by my Publicity Agent/Minister for Social Affairs/girlfriend.

I'm happy to say that I was the first to sell a piece (Office Pandamonium), and that it was sold on opening night, within just a few hours of the gallery opening to the public. What a buzz!

The beauty, or perhaps misfortune/disadvantage of digital painting is that there are no originals. Reproduction is easy enough, and I never need to part with my original work, which can be difficult. Every artist pours their heart and soul into each piece and gets so very attached to it that it’s hard to let it go. It’s also hard to put a price on something you've loved and nurtured, and brought into existence.

That is why I decided the production of my works should be unique, and of the highest quality. Each painting is framed and belongs to a limited edition of 250. They are individually hand-signed and numbered as a part of the printed artwork. The prints are made by 10-ink UltraChrome® HDR process, which has a superior colour and vibrancy to normal 4 colour printers, or even giclée prints which are the usual choice for high-end archival quality artist’s prints.

My little trip to Melbourne was a great source for inspiration. I visited the Tim Burton exhibition and remembered why I love Beetlejuice so much. I also managed to meet Viet-My Bui ("Viet-Mee Buoy"), one of my new favourite artists, alongside whom I happened to be exhibiting. Some of her work can be found at ravenskar.carbonmade.com.

View Artworks Chalk Art.

The Blue Bird

The Blue Dodo, Chalk Urban Art Festival - Adam Celeban 2008

7-9 September 2008 - Impermanent Chalk Art, 2x3m

In this work, the Blue Dodo character popped into my head singing (or wailing or whining), with a banjo on his lap. He appeared just in time - a day of two before I had to submit my entry to the Chalk Urban Art Festival competition.

The dodo character came into creation whilst, once again, listening to a song, this time by C.W. Stoneking at the Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues Festival about a month beforehand. Funnily enough, the song was called "The Dodo Blues".

View Artworks Chalk Art.

Harry DeFaux

Harry DeFaux, Chalk Urban Art Festival, Adam Celeban 2007

7-9 September 2007 - Impermanent Chalk Art, 2x3m

On my first exhibition for the Chalk Urban Art Festival of 2007 I produced "Harry De Faux", a character that had been playing around in my head for a little while, mostly in a vibrant snappy imagined dance to Danny Kaye's Outfox the Fox, whenever I listened to it.

Harry even made an appearance in a dream as a con-artist of sorts, trying to get into some place... the details of dreams always get sketchy, but it had excellent comic value! In that dream, there also appeared a little French tortoise, who is yet to take the journey across the void between my head and paper.

For inspiration I took a little of Fred Astaire and a little of Harry Fox, the inventor of the Foxtrot and Harry DeFaux's semi-namesake.