James Adams

James Newton Adams BA
 
James Adams was born in 1971. After completing a degree in Fine Art (Sculpture), James started up his own business in London designing and making metal furniture and products for the retail market as well as undertaking various private commissions from architectural ironwork through to product design and sculpture, teaching himself the rudiments of Blacksmithing along the way.
 
By late 2004 James decided to return to his roots in sculpture and painting and set up a workshop based in Highland Perthshire and a painting studio on the Isle of Skye.
 
James’ work can bee seen in several commercial galleries throughout the UK and is held in various private collections in the UK and abroad.
 
 
Artist Statement
 
“Working as a sculptor and painter, I explore my experience of the land and seascapes of Scotland as well as the people, animals and objects that inhabit them, often highlighting tensions in their relationships with each other and with the landscape itself.  I work from memories of such places, drawing upon a narrative within.  This allows me to build a composition around a theme – the title will as often inform the work as the other way round.  The perspectives in my work are the perspectives of memory, in which different stages of a narrative may be seen simultaneously or a scene may be viewed from above as if in a dream or a map.
 
My paintings attempt to evoke an immediacy – a pencil sketch is succeeded by washes of quick drying acrylic paint, allowing me to build up translucent areas of colour.  Often the pencil outline of the painting is allowed to show through, creating an almost graphic account of the subject.  I try to limit my palette to only a few colours – this helps reinforce the simplicity of form, in turn creating a balanced and rhythmic composition.
 
My steel sculptures identify with my paintings in that shared themes are explored and perspective is distorted.  Pieces of steel are riveted to a forged armature, building a contour.  As the viewer moves around the work, a slim profile gives way to a ‘metal tapestry’; different aspects of the story are revealed.
 
The influences within my work draw mostly upon Expressionism, Folk and British Naïve Art from the early and mid-20th century.  As a trained artist the challenge I face is to ‘unlearn’ and let go of the constraints while benefiting from the technical control that a formal training brings.  I hope to engage the viewer and provoke an interaction with the work, unleashing a once dormant childhood appreciation or stirring a haunting memory within.”
 
2012 Exhibition Diary
 
McAllister Thomas Fine Art (Two artist show with Margaret Shields) 29th Sep – 17th Oct 2012
Baxters Gallery “Blue Skye Thinking” (Three artist show) June 1st – 21st 2012
Union Gallery “Poetic License” (Group Show) Jan 26th 2012
Kilmorack Gallery (Christmas Exhibition) – now showing
McAllister Thomas Fine Art “The Little Picture Show” (Group Show) Dec 2011
Market House Gallery (Christmas Show) 25th Sep 2011 – Jan 2012
 
2011 Exhibitions
 
Market House Gallery (Solo Show) Aug – Sep 2011
Mulberry Tree Gallery (Group Show) July 2011
The Inchmore Gallery (Mixed Show) May 2011
Kilmorack Gallery (Spring Show) April 2011
McAllister Thomas Fine Art (Joint Show/Mungo Powney) March 2011
McAllister Thomas Fine Art “Naive Britain” (Group Show) January -February 2011
Airt Gallery “And Earth Stood Hard” (Group Show) Dec 2010 – Jan 2011
 
2010 Exhibitions
 
Union Gallery (Christmas Show) Dec 2010
Market House Gallery  “The Primitive and the Naive” (Group Show) Nov – Dec 2010
Kilmorack Gallery  (Group Show) Nov 2010
Aberdona Gallery (Affordable Art Fair London) Oct  2010
The Fotheringham Gallery Oct 2010
Seascape Gallery Sep 2010
Left Bank Gallery, Tarland (Solo Show) Aug 2010 –  Sep 2010
SCALE (ATLAS & Clan Donald Skye Sculpture Trail) July- Sep 2010
The Aviemore Gallery (Mixed Show) July -Sep 2010
Union Gallery (Mized Show) June 2010
Coast Festival of Visual Arts May 2010
Garth Lodge (Art Exhibition and Sculpture Walk) May 2010
Purple Gallery (Group Show “Scotland”) March – April 2010
Airt Gallery “Eye Opener” (Group Show) Feb – May 2010
The Inchmore Gallery Feb – March 2010
 
 
 
 
 
 
2009 Exhibitions
 
The Inchmore Gallery (Christmas Show) Nov 2009-Jan 2010
Strathpeffer Pavilion (MacMillan Art Fair) Nov 2009
HOS (Members’ Autumn Exhibition) Nov 2009
VAS (Members Exhibition) Sept – Nov 2009
Left Bank Gallery (Group Show) Aug 2009
Coast Festival of Visual Arts May 2009
The Inchmore Gallery (Summer Group Show) May – Jun 2009
Bridge View Gallery “All at Sea” March – May 2009
 
2008 Exhibitions
 
Cromarty Arts Trust (Christmas Fair) Dec 2008
The Tighnabruaich Gallery (Christmas Exhibition) November 2008 – Jan 2009
The Inchmore Gallery (Christmas Show) Nov 2008 – Jan 2009
Strathpeffer Pavilion (MacMillan Art Fair) Nov 2008
HOS (Members’ Autumn Exhibition) Nov 2008
Perthshire Open Studios “Sculpture Trail” Sept – Oct 2008
Fortingall Art (Group Show) Aug 2008
Fotheringham Gallery Summer Show 28/6/2008
The Aspect Prize June – Aug 2008
The Inchmore Gallery (Joint Show) Mar – May 2008
SLACA (Group Show) March 2008
Strathpeffer Pavilion (MacMillan Art Fair) Mar 2008
Mountain Festival Art ExhibitionFeb 2008
Watermill Gallery (Fortingall Group Show) Feb 2008
 
Pre – 2008 Exhibitions
 
The Inchmore Gallery (Christmas Show) Nov 2007 – Jan 2008
The Leaping Hare (Christmas Show ) Dec 2007 – Jan 2008
The Leaping Hare (Solo Exhibition) Oct – Dec 2007
Fortingall Art (Group Show) Aug 2007
Kilbryde Castle (Group Show) 2007
Watermill Gallery (Fortingall Group Show) Feb 2007
Gordonstoun OGs Art Works Edinburgh Academy 2006
Fortingall Art (Group Show) Aug 2006
Fortingall Art (Group Show) Aug 2004

James Newton Adams BA

 

James Adams was born in 1971. After completing a degree in Fine Art (Sculpture), James started up his own business in London designing and making metal furniture and products for the retail market as well as undertaking various private commissions from architectural ironwork through to product design and sculpture, teaching himself the rudiments of Blacksmithing along the way.

 

By late 2004 James decided to return to his roots in sculpture and painting and set up a workshop based in Highland Perthshire and a painting studio on the Isle of Skye.

 

James’ work can bee seen in several commercial galleries throughout the UK and is held in various private collections in the UK and abroad.

 

 

Artist Statement

 

“Working as a sculptor and painter, I explore my experience of the land and seascapes of Scotland as well as the people, animals and objects that inhabit them, often highlighting tensions in their relationships with each other and with the landscape itself.  I work from memories of such places, drawing upon a narrative within.  This allows me to build a composition around a theme - the title will as often inform the work as the other way round.  The perspectives in my work are the perspectives of memory, in which different stages of a narrative may be seen simultaneously or a scene may be viewed from above as if in a dream or a map.

 

My paintings attempt to evoke an immediacy - a pencil sketch is succeeded by washes of quick drying acrylic paint, allowing me to build up translucent areas of colour.  Often the pencil outline of the painting is allowed to show through, creating an almost graphic account of the subject.  I try to limit my palette to only a few colours - this helps reinforce the simplicity of form, in turn creating a balanced and rhythmic composition.

 

My steel sculptures identify with my paintings in that shared themes are explored and perspective is distorted.  Pieces of steel are riveted to a forged armature, building a contour.  As the viewer moves around the work, a slim profile gives way to a ‘metal tapestry’; different aspects of the story are revealed.

 

The influences within my work draw mostly upon Expressionism, Folk and British Naïve Art from the early and mid-20th century.  As a trained artist the challenge I face is to ‘unlearn’ and let go of the constraints while benefiting from the technical control that a formal training brings.  I hope to engage the viewer and provoke an interaction with the work, unleashing a once dormant childhood appreciation or stirring a haunting memory within.”

 

2012 Exhibition Diary

 

McAllister Thomas Fine Art (Two artist show with Margaret Shields) 29th Sep - 17th Oct 2012

Baxters Gallery “Blue Skye Thinking” (Three artist show) June 1st - 21st 2012

Union Gallery “Poetic License” (Group Show) Jan 26th 2012

Kilmorack Gallery (Christmas Exhibition) - now showing

McAllister Thomas Fine Art “The Little Picture Show” (Group Show) Dec 2011

Market House Gallery (Christmas Show) 25th Sep 2011 - Jan 2012

 

2011 Exhibitions

 

Market House Gallery (Solo Show) Aug - Sep 2011

Mulberry Tree Gallery (Group Show) July 2011

The Inchmore Gallery (Mixed Show) May 2011

Kilmorack Gallery (Spring Show) April 2011

McAllister Thomas Fine Art (Joint Show/Mungo Powney) March 2011

McAllister Thomas Fine Art “Naive Britain” (Group Show) January -February 2011

Airt Gallery “And Earth Stood Hard” (Group Show) Dec 2010 - Jan 2011

 

2010 Exhibitions

 

Union Gallery (Christmas Show) Dec 2010

Market House Gallery  “The Primitive and the Naive” (Group Show) Nov - Dec 2010

Kilmorack Gallery  (Group Show) Nov 2010

Aberdona Gallery (Affordable Art Fair London) Oct  2010

The Fotheringham Gallery Oct 2010

Seascape Gallery Sep 2010

Left Bank Gallery, Tarland (Solo Show) Aug 2010 -  Sep 2010

SCALE (ATLAS & Clan Donald Skye Sculpture Trail) July- Sep 2010

The Aviemore Gallery (Mixed Show) July -Sep 2010

Union Gallery (Mized Show) June 2010

Coast Festival of Visual Arts May 2010

Garth Lodge (Art Exhibition and Sculpture Walk) May 2010

Purple Gallery (Group Show “Scotland”) March - April 2010

Airt Gallery “Eye Opener” (Group Show) Feb - May 2010

The Inchmore Gallery Feb - March 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009 Exhibitions

 

The Inchmore Gallery (Christmas Show) Nov 2009-Jan 2010

Strathpeffer Pavilion (MacMillan Art Fair) Nov 2009

HOS (Members’ Autumn Exhibition) Nov 2009

VAS (Members Exhibition) Sept - Nov 2009

Left Bank Gallery (Group Show) Aug 2009

Coast Festival of Visual Arts May 2009

The Inchmore Gallery (Summer Group Show) May - Jun 2009

Bridge View Gallery “All at Sea” March - May 2009

 

2008 Exhibitions

 

Cromarty Arts Trust (Christmas Fair) Dec 2008

The Tighnabruaich Gallery (Christmas Exhibition) November 2008 - Jan 2009

The Inchmore Gallery (Christmas Show) Nov 2008 - Jan 2009

Strathpeffer Pavilion (MacMillan Art Fair) Nov 2008

HOS (Members’ Autumn Exhibition) Nov 2008

Perthshire Open Studios "Sculpture Trail" Sept - Oct 2008

Fortingall Art (Group Show) Aug 2008

Fotheringham Gallery Summer Show 28/6/2008

The Aspect Prize June - Aug 2008

The Inchmore Gallery (Joint Show) Mar - May 2008

SLACA (Group Show) March 2008

Strathpeffer Pavilion (MacMillan Art Fair) Mar 2008

Mountain Festival Art ExhibitionFeb 2008

Watermill Gallery (Fortingall Group Show) Feb 2008

 

Pre - 2008 Exhibitions

 

The Inchmore Gallery (Christmas Show) Nov 2007 - Jan 2008

The Leaping Hare (Christmas Show ) Dec 2007 - Jan 2008

The Leaping Hare (Solo Exhibition) Oct - Dec 2007

Fortingall Art (Group Show) Aug 2007

Kilbryde Castle (Group Show) 2007

Watermill Gallery (Fortingall Group Show) Feb 2007

Gordonstoun OGs Art Works Edinburgh Academy 2006

Fortingall Art (Group Show) Aug 2006

Fortingall Art (Group Show) Aug 2004

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