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Artist Turns Human Remains Into Family Art

Posted: Fri, February 14, 2014 | By: Culture

Press Release - Grandview, MO, February 14, 2014: Adam Brown, an award winning artist and member of the Grandview Arts Council, is shocking some area residents, putting smiles on others, but impressing all of them. This is because he has become known as the only artist in the region that will incorporate the cremation remains of deceased friends and family into the memorial art he produces. His clients love it but others aren’t sure what to think. 

“The art is beautiful,“ said Kyle Carlson, a Lee’s Summit native, “I’m just used to seeing human ashes in urns, not on canvases. But, I suppose it’s a more respectful way to remember grandpa than hiding away his memory in a jar.” Funeral Homes are starting to pay attention too and are calling Adam to add his services to their list of offerings. Adam has painted portraits and other art for over 20 years, but this service is only a recent addition. “I love giving people a memory on a wall. I just didn’t see a reason that a memorial piece couldn’t be more personal,” remarked Adam in an interview with local press, “And it doesn’t get much more personal than this type of art. It’s designed to incorporate the deceased’s favorite style, colors, patterns, personality, and even the deceased themselves. It’s respectfully done and the results are truly special.” 

Adam paints a wide variety of art, mostly known for his portrait work. He has incorporated ashes into portraits, abstract pieces, and landscape paintings. The remains are sent to him, in small quantity (normally 4-6oz) and carefully adhered to the piece with special glue and then, in most cases, covered in epoxy resin to seal them in and give a protective covering. They are framed and shipped directly to the client or to funeral homes around the country. 

As odd as some think it is, clients don’t’ find it weird at all. “I considered a portrait, but Adam helped me realize that an abstract painting with Jim’s favorite colors and some of his remains was a better investment. I can look at it and remember who he was, not what he looked like,” wrote Beth Weaver, on Adam’s website (, “We were married 42 years; I’ll never forget what he looked like. This painting will remain in our family forever.” Adam, a Springfield, Missouri native, attended the Missouri Fine Arts Academy and Drury University. He has a wife and a 5 year old daughter and paints out of his Grandview studio, where he also owns and operates a graphic design and printing business.

Contact: Adam Brown - Adam’s Art Gallery - Phone 816-832-8731 - - 14001 Dunoon, Grandview, MO 64030


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