The Riverside Art Museum features works from the last decade by a Southern California performance painter. The exhibit is titled: “Backward, Forward and Upside Down: Gregory Adamson, A Ten-Year Beginning” and will run until April 25.

Adamson, who lives in Redlands, is known for his lightning-fast art gigs. In minutes, he creates huge canvases of historical leaders, sports personalities, musical icons and other pop celebrities as he paints to music with his bare hands or paintbrushes. Over the years his works have evolved from highly figurative to more abstract and expressionistic.

Since Adamson began performance painting 10 years ago, he has become a widely known studio artist and painter. Hi’s works are commissioned by major corporations and private collectors and have also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity, said Riverside Art Museum executive director Drew Oberjuerge.

She said Adamson’s recent experimentation with mixed media and three-dimensional forms in this collection hints at her future path, which isn’t necessarily focused on painting.

For this exhibition, Adamson, artist in residence, organized a series of interactive happenings. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside. Admission: $5 general; $3 for students with ID and 65 and over; free for members, military with ID, and under 12s, as well as First Sundays and the Arts Walk. Information: 951-684-7111,

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