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James Adams BA Fine Art

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Sculptor James Adams BA Fine Art
James Adams

About James Adams

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.
Sculptor James Adams BA Fine Art
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Exhibition History of James Adams

2014 Exhibition Diary
Union Gallery Solo show Sep 4th - Oct 1st 2014

2013 Exhibition Diary
Union Gallery Autumn Exhibition 5th Sep - 30th Sep 2013
Red Rag gallery -Summer Exhibition 14 Aug 2013
Inchmore Gallery Solo show 1st June 2013- 15th July 2013
Union Gallery”Its the Little things” 10th jan - 7 Feb 2013

2012 Exhibition Diary
Inchmore Gallery Christmas show
Langham Gallery Christmas show
Airt Gallery Christmas show
Kimorack gallery Christmas show
Market House Gallery Christmas show
Flint gallery Christmas show
Fotheringham gallery Christmas show
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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Biography / CV of James Adams

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 and after running a wrought iron curtain pole business in London, 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.

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Artist Statement of James Adams

"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."

Reviews of work by James Adams


Feller by James Adams exhibits the artist`s characteristic sculptural treatment of human form, abstracted and elongated to essential lines and angles, seen here within a greatly expanded field of reference. The enlarged scale of the 9ft work in steel surrounded by a grove of vertical and felled trees presents a visual reminder of historical human intervention in the woodland. 
 
The relationship between the striking angular figure, with his axe like an extended limb, and the immensity of nature surrounding him is a compelling dialogue of scale in itself. The shifting visual impact of the work as the viewer moves around it; where human form is portrayed in stark resilient silhouette, then dwarfed by sky, disappearing into tree trunks and foliage, also gives perspective to the apparent dominance of man over nature. 
 
The colour of rusted steel echoes beautifully the decaying interior of the large felled tree trunk adjacent to the sculpture, creating a wonderfully ambivalent statement about the permanence of our human mark upon the land. The artist`s engagement with materials and positioning of the work on site heightens our appreciation of natural elements and detail that otherwise may have gone unnoticed.

Public Works of James Adams

James Adams`s Public Works
"Feller" Armadale Castle for the Scale project with Clan Donald.

Qualifications / Education of James Adams

BA Fine Art, Bath

Price Range of Work

James Adams's work has a price range from £792 to £1,500

Mediums utilised

James Adams's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

James Adams's work is found in the following categories on site:
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines (6)
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (4)
Fabricated Metal Abstract sculpture (3)
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures (3)
Stylized People Sculptures (3)
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines (2)
Human Figurative Sculptures (2)
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes (2)
Sculpture or Statues made from Metal Rods or Bars (2)
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary (2)
Abstract Modern Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary both Indoor Or outside (2)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures
Primitive or Naive style Sculpture or Statuary
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture
Tabletop Desktop Small Indoor Statuettes Figurines Sculptures
Parent - Child Sculpture
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