A lot has happened since we profiled St. Louis Park-based artist Adam Turman two years ago. From last year’s Minnesota State Fair poster to Surly’s Destination Brewery print to murals and more, Turman’s work has been popping up everywhere.
“I’m an illustrator first and foremost,” says Turman. He prints all his own work through screen printing and also paints murals. He’s created many biking posters and local cityscape work. Describing himself to be currently very “Minnesota-centric,” he is an appealing artist whose portfolio reflects his versatility. “That’s the cool thing about my job,” Turman says, “we’re always working on something—you never know who will knock on your door.”
One such client—the Minnesota State Fair—knocked on his door in June 2014 and commissioned him to create the official 2015 fair poster. Perhaps the cherry on the spoon for being quintessentially Minnesota-centric, Turman’s work reached broad audiences across the state with that gig.
Also in 2015, Turman was voted Best Beer Illustrator by Growler Magazine. Turman credits his craft brew client, Surly, for helping him start his beer printing career. Creating Surly’s first beer poster back in 2007, the artist has worked with the brand several more times since, including on the first Surly Darkness label, its Destination Brewery print and its Beer Hall Grand Opening print.
You can even find Turman’s art on a puzzle. “That’s my new favorite thing,” Turman says of his work appearing on tiny cardboard pieces. He likes the idea of expanding where his work appears and would like to create more puzzles in the future. “People only have so many walls,” he says. “I think getting more of my work in the hands of people who put out different mediums is a really good thing for me right now.”