About the Artist
John Adams Artist
Dublin born and adopted son of Cork City, John Adams is a full time professional artist, and active campaigner for the arts.
Hi my name
is John Adams, I am a painter who works in acrylics and sometimes oils. My work combines abstract expressionism with representation. Currently my paintings are about environmental and ecological issues. I am an exponent of the role of the artist in society, I seek the truth in the events that have shaped the 20th and early 21st Centuries. My work spans the years before and during the Celtic Tiger in Ireland.
Recently working on a series titled “Animals Matter”, highlighting extinction and how animals are struggling to survive because of humans. I have been painting reptiles because they have been surviving so many millions of years, they look ancient and they are asking the question, what are you doing? Why are you destroying the World? I am also painting animals in the Oceans which are struggling to survive because human activities. Since the Covid19 lock down I have been using dumped materials ( Corrugated metal sheets ) removed from beaches, this further highlights the disastrous amounts of human waste in the oceans and what animals have to deal with.
I am currently engrossed in a project started since the Covid19 Lock down, and spending more time walking the beaches of Cork Harbour in the Cobh area. I have been appalled at the human detritus everywhere and the amount of it. So many types of plastic and other rubbish. I encountered much corrugated metal sheets rusted and discarded in such a haphazard way on the beach close to the town. I was struck immediately how interesting these metal sheets were. One could easily see how colour and images could enhance them, I have started using them as my canvas, they are not blank its almost like they are have been weathering away for years waiting to be ready to become art. I really am excited, these discarded metal sheets are stunning, the colours of the rust and the metal are striking and inspire.
Because these paintings are on rusted dumped corrugated metal sheets, they are more meaningful and they are three dimensional, plus I have the added satisfaction of doing something to clean up our beach.
These paintings are speaking to people, the reaction on social media was special. It seems my painting has more purpose now and I am going to build on this hoping my message will reach out to people and resonate, maybe make people think about their footprint on the planet. Quite a few people trying to buy these paintings already. The time has come for humans to stop abusing the planet with pollution, habitation and massive industry.
Johns paintings are in many prominent collections such as the Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork County Council, Cork City Council, The Royal college of Surgeons, Cork City Library, President Michael D Higgins and many more private and public collections.