Photo of three black men with colorful lines above their heads

Cey Adams, RUN DMC (2021). Mixed media. 114 x 60 x 3 in. Photo by Collaboration with photographer Janette Beckman.

New York City native and visionary artist, 
Cey Adams, emerged from the downtown graffiti movement in the 80s alongside fellow artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Adams served as the founding creative director of Def Jam Recordings where he “defined the visual culture of Hip-Hop” by creating the visual identities, album covers, logos and advertising campaigns for, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., Maroon 5, and Jay-Z. He has exhibited and taught art workshops at institutions throughout the U.S. including The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, MoCA Los Angeles and more.  Adams draws inspiration from 60’s pop art, vintage sign painting, and comics. His work focuses on themes including pop culture, brand identity, cultural, and community issues.