I had this piece of work and a few others exhibited in a show in London recently at the Free Space Gallery as part of Papergirl London event. Click on the link to see a selection of other works that were in the show.



To coincide with the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the London Olympic's I am delighted to be exhibiting several of my works at the JIQ JAQ Gallery summer show in Hampstead London. Below is some info from the Galleries website.

The Queen looks both young and old in James Adair’s playful works. He chuckles and says it was certainly good timing that he happened upon the subject of the Queen a year ago, as the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics now roll around this summer and patriotism for both Queen and country are at an all time high. However, making works of the monarch was not the original intention of Adair. From Belfast, Northern Ireland, Adair began by creating works dealing with the troubles in Northern Ireland. His work, intended to address a small part of the United Kingdom, now touches the hearts of all of it. 

Adair thanks his luck that he stumbled upon a vintage 1950s child’s scrapbook from the Coronation, carefully taken care of over the years and evidently created by a child compiling pictures of the Queen from newspapers.

The Summer Show is open from now until August 2012.  Visit the gallery to find out more about Adair, other artists in the exhibition and to see the works up close.



The Diamond Jubilee London

I went down to London to leave some of my artwork in for a forth coming group exhibition, during my time in the city I was able to sample the great atmosphere during the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Below I have included some photos I took while on my travels.

The Roaches, Peak District

I recently went to the Roaches in the Peak District for the first time. I loved the place, and managed to get a few quick sketches done. I have included them and several photos of the area below.

Live Drawing Event (The Big Windoodle)

This week I had taken part in  a live window drawing event in the Gates Shopping Centre in Durham. There was in total 9 artists and illustrators, where we were let loose on a bunch of empty shop windows for two days. The other artists that also took part were 

ARTISTS: The Cloud Commission, Andrew Waugh, Creative Ginger, Brucey, Morning Skyrail, Rat Patsy, Laura Bohill and Graeme Metcalfe.

The 4TH Annual Emptyshop Open Preview Night

A selection of photos from the preview night of the 4th Annual Emptyshop Open. It was a great night had by all and with around 250 people coming to the preview night alone.

The 4TH Annual Emptyshop Open

The 4th Annual Empty Shop Open in Durham is previewing on friday Night Jan 27th 6pm – 10pm. Myself and the rest of the FreeBird’s will be exhibiting there with many other NorthEast Based Artists. Here is the info from the Emptyshop website.

Established in 2009 The Empty Shop Open is a new tradition for the North East art scene and our flagship event.Opening on Friday 27th January and running until the following weekend the show provides an opportunity for all artists based in the area to present work of any media in a totally independent, high profile exhibition in Durham city.

We’re also presenting a whole host of other amazing exhibitions that night! Details as follows: Artist Neil Armstrong has been invited to produce a site specific installation using found and reclaimed materials in The Pink Room.

* Taking place at the Open we have a second opportunity for people to see Julia Tryon’s “The Scaled House” the latest installation in our Stairwell Gallery.

*Freebirds Open Studios over the 2nd Floor of Empty Shop HQ

*And finally we’re delighted to welcome back firm favourite and Empty Shop stalwart, The Cloud Commission, who is presenting an original commission. Very, very exciting!

Novel Magazine Article

In the latest edition of Novel Magazine (issue 5) – themed social unrest, you can read an article about my series of works titled “Bear in Mind these Dead”. A series of works based on the “Troubles” of Northern Ireland. The magazine is free and is  available in many bars, clubs, galleries, eateries through out Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Open Studio

On the first weekend of December I organised and curated an “open” of sorts at Empty Shop HQ Durham. The public were welcomed into view the studios as well as view recent work by myself and work of other studio members. I included several new pieces including “Fidelity” which can be seen below.

Functional By Default Group Exhibition

I’m currently showing six new works from the “Britannia” series at a group exhibition run by Newcastle Artists Society at Citibase Newcastle.

The show is titled “Functional By Default” and runs until October.