4th Sept - 1st Oct
Union Gallery is proud to be hosting James Newton Adams first solo exhibition in Edinburgh.
"This collection of new paintings and wrought iron sculpture is an invitation to look and, as the show’s title suggests, see, through the eyes of the characters in a created world. Many of the paintings begin as compositions of elements in an environment, be it landscape, cityscape, or interior, from which the characters and their stories develop as the paint is laid on. Sometimes as the story evolves, a feedback occurs in which the elements of the painting need to be moved around the canvas, so that the final work comprises successive layers of underpainting of which only ghosts remain.
In my recent paintings I have been working with a wider range of colours and textures to give life to a specific memory be it of moonlight, lamplight or daylight. I use white paint to build up textures so that the world I am creating sometimes appears frosted, highlighting the isolation of the figures and the presence they evoke in an unspecified space.
The sculptures are about connections; emotions are expressed in hard steel by joining the pieces together in simple but evocative ways. Steel is a direct but also a very demanding medium; through the processes of forging, welding, riveting and grinding, emotions are reduced to an elemental state in the finished work.
Many of the works are about difficult or intimate moments but at the same time this is leavened with humour and sympathy."
James Newton Adams, August 2014.