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    Richard Adams

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    Richard Adams

    RA Canterbury Planes

Artist Biography


Governors Bay

Richard Adams, a contemporary New Zealand abstract artist, first exhibited his works in 1982 at the Molesworth Gallery in Wellington. Since then, the Auckland-based artist has achieved national and international recognition. He has exhibited in Tokyo, Sydney, New York, London and New Zealand.

Perhaps a born artiste, in addition to his painting, Adams is also an established musician who plays the jazz violin with passionate flair as frontman for the Nairobi Trio. He published his first book of poems and etchings entitled Translations in 1979 and the same year he co-scripted, produced and directed the New Zealand film ‘Artman.’

Adams’ abstract, minimalistic panels of vertical and horizontal plains are inspired by the landscapes he encounters on his journeys. He is particularly inspired by the variety of colours, textures, shapes and surfaces in nature and the diversity of these features from region to region. Drawing from the landscape, Adams’ respective supports (he paints on both canvas and paper) act as frames for the exploration of those natural features which inspire him; these are reduced to panels of rich oils, embracing ovals and map-like line etchings. Though abstract, Adams observes the rules of classicism with his compositions strongly anchored and boasting a horizon, foreground, mid-ground, etc. From a strong structural base, he realises balance by exercising optical restraint while simultaneously allowing himself the freedom of movement associated with the very gestural activity of painting.

Adams believes he will never run out of things to paint “the well is endless” so to speak. The guide rather than the master of the brush, Adams’ works are both literary and artistic. They are images resultant of thought processes, simplified and emotional; they grow as he works. Hamish Coney, in a recent interview with the artist said “unlocking the meaning of Richard’s work is a joint venture between the artist and viewer, both of whom bring a history to the moment of viewing.”


Expression of interest

Richard Adams Two Day Workshop 2019

 Chambers Art Gallery would like to invite you to participate in a Richard Adams two day painting workshop.

Richard holds workshops around the country and has a wonderful reputation for a worthwhile and enjoyable experience.

The workshop will be held sometime in the summer months at Chambers Art Gallery, 241 Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch 8011.

Cost ; $250 per person

There will only be have 8 – 10 placements available so grab a friend and be prepared for a fun time. If you wish to know more about Richard Adams

come in to Chambers Art or phone Julie 022 677 2810 or make an enquiry through the website.

Open to all painters of all levels, including those who have never painted. The workshop will focus on creating great paintings in the outdoors.

Mark making, under-painting, over-painting and essential gestures and processes from the basis of painting.

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the way of light, colour, surface, textures and gestures in the abstract form are still the essence of good painting.

Paper will be supplied, if you could bring your own paints, whether they be watercolour, oil or acrylic. Also bring your own brushes palette knives etc.



Artist Exhibitions

  • 26th Mar 2019 - 13th Apr 2019: Roy Good – Parallel Universe Book Launch / Richard Adams – Beyond

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  • 19th Jun 2018 - 7th Jul 2018: Richard Adams – Weathered Lines & Matt Akehurst – Mostly Small Works

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  • 06th Aug 2017 - 26th Aug 2017: Light / Beech at Ohau

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