Alternative Names: Adi Starr, Brittany Wells
Adi Pineapple was born in Ridgewood, NJ in 1988 to Jeff & Bonnie Wells, as Brittany Vaughn Wells.
As the eldest child of a RISD alumni, Adi’s interests in the arts were encouraged from an early age. Recognizing her natural artistic abilities, the highly sought after commercial architect, frequented the local art supply stores to equip Adi with the resources needed to test her creative limits. In 1994 Jeff took over his father’s commercial architect firm and moved the family into the Blauvelt Mansion.
With her father’s office now down the hall, Adi’s artistic training took off. After school she would walk into the office, setup her supplies at an empty drafting table or desk and get to work on her latest creation. The office’s plethora of architects and draftsmen would take turns weighing in on her latest work, between their own deadlines and meetings. Under their guidance, Adi’s earliest works employed charcoal, pastels, pencils, wood and clay.
Dreaming of becoming a commercial architect and RISD alumni, just like her father, the recession convinced her parents to guide her in an entirely different direction. In 2006 she was enrolled at Palm Beach Atlantic University, to pursue a degree in Medicinal & Biological Chemistry.
At the start of her third year of undergraduate studies, Adi found an opportunity to adjust her fall semester to study life-drawing in Sydney, Australia. When she returned to the US, she was determined to enroll in private lessons. To keep this endeavor hidden from her parents, who did not see the need for a “future doctor” to receive any artistic training, she spent her spring term working in a biochemistry laboratory, and tutoring high school students, between classes. When the summer term arrived, she used a summer course in Elementary Statistics to justify her random disappearances and hired an elderly sculptor in Nyack, New York to give her private lessons. Once a week she would sneak up to the woman’s studio and work with clay on a gorgeous grass covered hill that rolled into the Hudson River.
In the fall she returned to West Palm Beach where a friend gifted her a set of “Rembrandts 225 soft pastels for artists”. This gift transformed her apartment into a magnet for skilled artists. Every night that was not dedicated to memorizing chapters on physics & medicinal chemistry, was devoted to drawing with a group of highly trained artists. They would pull from a stack of sketchpads and swap strategies as each artist shared how another could improve a stroke or blending technique.
In 2011 Adi was married to the West Pointe Alumni, Lt. Starr, before the two moved to a three story apartment in Vicenza, Italy. Here Adi was able to dedicate an entire room to her artistic endeavors. In the privacy of their home, she began exploring the blissful liberation of painting with free-associative gestures. Inspired by the works of Jackson Pollock, she created her earliest paintings using high gloss enamel house paints. While the painting experience was euphoric, the insight each painting offered was riveting. Her abstract works unveiled a fast pass into the mind of every viewer who shared their opinion and interpretation. Thus started Adi’s aversion to realism and it’s limited ROI.
In 2013 a group of friends persuaded Adi to enroll in her first oil painting class at Studio d’Arte Rosalba Pedrina, located in the heart of Vicenza, Italy. She painted three works that fortified her disdain for rules revolving around a paint brush. In the midst of this course, she uncovered 9 months worth of love letters between her husband and his mistress. Under the guidance of a Jewish artist, she took the first step in rebuilding her identity, by changing to her Jewish name, Adi. Soon after, she left for Spain curious to discover what opportunities an MBA could unlock.
Trading in her paint brushes for a Canon 5d Mark III, Adi did not return to paint mediums until 2017. In the wake of her divorce, a dear friend who could afford everything, asked her to honor his 30th birthday with something that no one could buy. She created seven works featuring his three favorite colors. Packed with symbolism, the seven pieces revealed a secret message that could only be read if the pieces were aligned in a specific order. Of the Primary Splash Collection, he selected two for his private residence.
When the news circulated that Adi was painting again, requests for new and unique pieces began to pour in. Her advisors proposed a plan that would protect Adi’s brand, public perception and quality of work. Releasing no more than 10 original works annually, Adi’s paintings are only possessed by collectors who truly love the piece they own.
Your questions answered by Adi
Are all of your paintings on this website?
During the painful process of my divorce I came to hate last names, changing mine would be expensive, inconvenient and tell every clueless person that my marriage had failed. However, keeping it would cause all of my future work to be associated with a cheating ex-husband. I decided to disassociate with every familial entity and opted for a fruit. After studying the development of several different plants, I settled on the Pineapple.
What is your favorite piece?
The 21st Century Hero. I really enjoy hearing people’s certain and wildly opposing interpretations. One friend believed the painting was of a postcard perfect woman who secretly suffered from severe depression. Her interpretation sparked a conversation through which she revealed that a family member was dying of cancer.
The female founder of a highly successful startup interpreted this same painting as a young girl being lied to & betrayed by family and mentors she had admired and trusted. This pushed her to shed the bright colors of an innocent child and evolve into a powerful, feared and respected woman.