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James Newton Adams

Artist Biography

James Newton Adams Born 1971, is a painter and sculptor residing on the the Isle of Skye.

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 -Painting onto thickly applied gesso, scumbled  brushwork of quick drying acrylic paint allow me to build up translucent areas of colour.  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.”

Selected Exhibitions

Kilmorack Gallery Solo show "The Unbearable Brightness of Being" Aug 12th - Sep 12th 2015

Union Gallery, Edinburgh, Solo Show Sep 2014

Red Rag Gallery, Bath, Summer Exhibition Aug 2013

Inchmore Gallery, Inverness, Solo Show ”Hills and High Water” June 2013

Union Gallery, Edinburgh, “It’s the Little Things”  Jan - Feb 2013

Langham Gallery, London, Dec 2012

McAllister Thomas, Godalming, (Joint Show/Margaret Shields) Sep/Oct 2012

Baxters Gallery, Dartmouth, “Blue Skye Thinking” (Three Artist Show) June 2012

Union Gallery, Edinburgh “Poetic License” (Group Show) Jan 2012

Kilmorack Gallery, Beauly, Christmas Exhibition – Dec 2011

Market House Gallery, St Ives, Solo Show Aug/Sep 2011

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

Union Gallery, Edinburgh, Christmas Show, Dec 2010

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

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

Selected Exhibitions