John Adams is an Irish artist who is best known for his contemporary expressionist paintings. He was born in Dublin in 1961 and moved to Cork in 1985, where he has been living and working ever since. He has a diverse and prolific artistic career, spanning over four decades and various mediums, such as painting, theatre set design, mural painting, and arts events organisation.
John’s paintings are inspired by his own inner truth, as well as by the beauty and nature of his surroundings. He often reflects on the political, architectural, and cultural life of Ireland, especially Cork, in his work. He uses both acrylics and oils to create realistic representations, expressionist and abstract forms, and multilayered seascapes. His work ranges from wild brushstrokes and vivid colours to subtle tones and textures. Some of his notable paintings include “Blackjack Castle” (2008), “The Deep Blue” (1996), “Triffid Nebula” (2006), “Patrick’s Bridge” (2008), “Homeless” (2017), “RMS Titanic” (2016), and “Luke Kelly” (2014).
John has also worked as a theatre set designer for many prestigious companies, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Barbican Theatre, the New Shakespeare Company, the Walt Disney Company, and Expo 92 Seville. He has produced many private commissions and painted many murals, both in Ireland and abroad. He has been a campaigner for artists’ rights and an arts events organiser in both London and Cork. He has been involved in many arts festivals, such as the Cork Midsummer Festival, the Cork Film Festival, the Cork Jazz Festival, and the Cobh Arts Festival.
John’s paintings are in many prominent collections, such as the Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork City Council, The Royal College of Surgeons, Cork City Library, President Michael D Higgins, and many more private and public collections. He has exhibited his work extensively in Ireland and internationally.
John is also a talented musician and you can find some super videos which capture his musical talents at these links:
Please visit John’s website and social media sites below for more details:
4 Rahilly Street, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland P24 HF90
It is also possible to book a stay in Colimore – The Artist’s House via AirBnB