adams
richard

Born in London in 1957, Richard Adams first exhibited his paintings in 1982 in Wellington. Since then, the Auckland based artist and accomplished jazz violinist has become nationally and internationally renowned for his work, exhibiting in Tokyo, Sydney, New York, London, Hong Kong and Dubai, as well as locally.

Richard Wolfe suggests of Adams' paintings, "if abstract art can be fitted into two general categories, depending on whether its elements are derived from either natural or entirely non-representational forms, then Adams' work hovers somewhere in between." While Adams initially takes his inspiration from the subtle colours, radiant horizons and fine geometry of landscapes, rather than paint these directly, he consigns them to memory, allowing them to morph gently through filters of time and feeling before emerging onto canvas or paper.

Surfaces are important and evocative in Adams' work, inspired by the effects of nature on man-made things: rust, weathering, dirt, dust and decay. Adams' surfaces are constructions of layer upon layer of paint, showing through like faint shadows or glimpsed through scratches and scrapes. Hamish Coney writes, "there is a softness, a sort of frescoed approach to the choice of colour and surface treatment that enable the monumental blocks of the work to relate internally with a wonderful elasticity of weight."

new music

19 May - 6 June 2009

If music can come about because of "a rare alchemy" between artists and instruments, so then can Richard's stunning new paintings be described as possessing a similar magic.

keylines

10 - 28 February 2015

The juxtaposition of Adams' music and painting is manifest in his body of work, Keylines.

other views

19 July - 13 August 2016

Via his translation of the light, Adams has continued with his key lines theme with works that have been influenced by time spent in the UK, on a residency at Winchester College, and Europe (2015). He drew inspiration from Venetian walls of gorgeous colours and tactile texture, Adams loves surfaces.

Scottsdale Arizona, 2015. Mixed media on canvas, 152 x 137cm $8,600

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Sedona, 2015. Mixed media on canvas, 122 x 122cm $6,500

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Sierra Madre, 2015. Mixed media on canvas, 122 x 122cm $7,200

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Pastoral Suite I, 2015. Mixed media on paper, 89 x 68cm $2,600

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Pastoral Suite II, 2015. Mixed media on paper, 87 x 62cm $2,600

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Pastoral Suite 3, 2015. Mixed media on paper, 89 x 68cm $2,600

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Puerto Vallarta Suite II, 2014. Mixed media on paper, 67 x 91cm

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Arizona Dawn Suite II, 2015. Mixed media on paper, 89 x 68cm

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Arizona Dawn Suite III, 2015. Mixed media on paper, 89 x 68cm $2,600

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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