Amy Jane Adams
I am a contemporary artist with a focus primarily on architecture. Extensive research into the history and stories of buildings inspires my studio work. I draw large scale with ink and I have begun my first surrealist sculptures of London buildings.
Studying buildings has led me to work in a variety of mediums, from large scale installations to drawings, paintings and graffiti. I research all sorts of buildings in search of significant events, amusement or significant design that influenced our society, from literature, craftsmanship, war, religion and class systems. My curiosity for buildings has led to exciting collaborations including the National Trust & Church of England.
For the National Trust I researched their portfolio of British buildings and created a book that illustrated the story of each place entitled The Country House Colouring Book. Shortly after its publication my first solo installation Rainham Rules: Queen of London's Streets opened as part of London's Open House Festival at Rainham Hall, London. In 2017 I created a two-part large scale installation at Gloucester Cathedral entitled Gothic Persuasion: Conversation defining the art of cathedral design.
Developing an understanding of architecture in Britain I turned my focus to the purpose of buildings and their impact on communities which led me to explore Manchester's cotton mills and the lives of the workers and their families. To my surprise this research spanning some 500 yrs revealed that Christianity was at the core of industrial architectural development in the north of England. Entitled Bolton: Great Houses and Cotton all-in-a-Spin this study became a large scale drawing in the form of a geographical map of Bolton illustrated with buildings and miniature portraits. This piece is now in private hands. My aim now is to redefine the way we see buildings and to understand more how they have helped shape the society we live in today.
The Courtauld Institute (2009)
Camberwell College of Arts (2009)
The Bun House, Peckham (2010)
Drying Depot, UEL Fine Art Project Space, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London (2010)
The Dollar Street Gallery (2011)
Rainham Hall, National Trust (2016)
Gloucester Cathedral (2017)
House & Garden UK (2011)
Living Etc Magazine (2012)
Harpers Bazaar UK (2018)
National Trust - The Country House Colouring Book