Adam J. Kurtz (aka Adam JK) is a designer, artist, and speaker whose illustrative work is rooted in honesty, humor and a little darkness. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages and his offbeat creative work has been featured in NYLON, Adweek, Vice, The New Yorker, and more.
Kurtz speaks frankly about channeling human emotion into our art, and generally just trying to be more okay with whatever we've got. His newest book, YOU ARE HERE *FOR NOW, will be released October 2021.
ADAMJK® is an art and stationery brand focused on gifts that are fun, weird, sentimental, and often literal. This body of accessible artwork is sold everywhere from museum gift shops to mass retail.
OK now that nobody's reading anymore, here's something written in first person that's a little more normal:
I call myself an artist because nobody has time for my multi-hyphenate reality. I’m a designer-author-illustrator-creativedirector-writer-smallpress-brand??? Many people call me ADAMJK, which is the name of my Legal Business Entity® and like, my username so I think it's fine.
My design and illustration embraces the world with backhanded optimism and a dark sense of humor. I'm hopeful but realistic. I’m interested in the ephemera of daily life, a nice little thing that makes you feel better for some reason, and creating honest, accessible work. But more than anything I want to have fun, even if I’m part of the joke.
I’ve previously held creative positions at Barton F. Graf, BuzzFeed, and others. I earned my degree in Graphic Design from UMBC. I’m originally from Toronto, Canada. I enjoy smiling at dogs. I love bread. I live in B̶r̶o̶o̶k̶l̶y̶n̶ Honolulu with my husband who is a writer. OK thanks!