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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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.”