On April 10, 2013 the 3M Company is hosting a media event for it’s Post-it products division. This event will be attended by editors of print and electronic media, including magazines and blogs. 3M approached Greg about exhibiting some of his Post-it Notes art at this event. The result was that 672 individual pieces of Greg’s Post-it Notes art will be exhibit at this event. Most of the pieces are the basic 3 inch square Post-it Notes, each uniquely transformed into a littles work of art by Greg.
Gregory Adamson became a Post-it artist almost accidentally by simply using Post-it Notes for the purpose they were originally created, jotting down notes. Throughout his many years spent as a professional corporate banker, Greg was also a frustrated artist who fed his desire for creative expression in the workplace by constantly doodling. Whether in business meetings or spending countless hours on the phone with clients, he would simultaneously doodle/ take notes and always kept a pad of Post-it Notes close at hand. Greg describes himself as having a bit of attention deficit and by doodling, he could burn nervous energy and keep his conscious mind focused on the conversation. The doodling came directly from his subconscious with little or no deliberate thought.
Eventually, Greg became aware that these doodles, specifically his Post-it Notes were evolving into artistic little gems, especially when his colleagues began to collect them. So, around 2004 or 2005 Greg began to retain his Post-it art and eventually they filled drawers in his desk. He retired from the corporate world in 2011 to pursue an art career and has gained wide acclaim as performance artist and studio painter. Despite considerable success as a painter, Greg states that his Post-it art remains the most original, authentic art he has yet created. The pieces featured in these albums were all made freehand with regular office supplies, such as gel pens, highlighter markers and Sharpies, all while Greg went about his normal workdays. Some have visible underlying notes, other have words or letters in the design that echo back to a conversation that was occurring at time they were created. Greg is not sure how many Post-it art pieces he has in total, but guesses the number is between 2,000 and 3,000. He has not formally exhibited them and has declined several purchase offers from the few folks who have seen them.