Leigh on Sea, United Kingdom
About john adams
I am an assemblage artist living and working in Leigh on Sea, Essex, England. I saw my first Joseph Cornell box at the Tate Gallery London as a boy and I guess the magic started there really. You know how it is when you see a piece of art and instantly identify with it. I didn't need explanations or analysis; the work just spoke to me and I soon started making my own boxes. I collect objects fron every source imaginable - from boot sales to toyshops, beaches and deserted buildings.My influences range from the Theatre of the Absurd to Surrealism and the old B movie sci-fi films.Some of my boxes are surrealist in spirit whilst others capture atmospheres or tell stories. My recent work has spilled out of the boxes into assemblages on plinths and a current theme focuses on a world after Armageddon when dinosaurs once again roam a ravaged planet.I call this body of work The Armageddon Show. One of these pieces is subtitled Granma's House and is my largest piece in the series so far.It is loosely based on a very mysterious piece on Wall of Voodoo's Granma's House album.It is a strange doll's house which has been all but destroyed in an attack. The piece is viewed in a darkened room and each viewer is given a small torch with which they can peer into the rooms of the house and survey the mystery. A soundtrack emanates from deep within and smoke drifts from the depths of the house. When I found the house in a boot sale I knew I had found Granma's House and set about creating the piece. My Exhibitions 1978 Southend Central Library 1979 Towngate Theatre Galery Basildon 1980 Blackheath Gallery London 1983 Zebra One Gallery Hampstead 1983 Holsworthy Gallery New Kings Rd. London 1984 Francis Kyle Galery London 1988 Constructing Images Project at The Minories Colchester 1988 Kettles Yard Cambridge 1989 Birch and Conran London 1990 Touring show - Essex Libraries 1991 Snapshots Community project 1992 Greenwich Theatre Art Gallery 1994 Blackheath Gallery London 1997 Angel Cafe Bar Islington London 1998 Leigh on Sea Art Trail 1999 Beaconsfield Picture Galery 2000 Space Banana Birmingham 2000 Artslink Gallery Camberley 2001 Dust Wine Bar Gallery Clerkenwell London 2001 Savoire Faire Restaurant Gallery London 2002 Clerkenwell Green studios Gallery London 2002 Crypt Gallery Trafalgar Square london 2002 Windsor Art Centre Gallery Windsor Berks. 2004 Stroud House Gallery Stroud 2004 Galeriazero Gallery Barcelona 2004 Galery 24 Berlin 2004 Easton lodge Sculpture Trail Dunmow Essex 2005 Gallery 24 Berlin 2008 Otter Gallery at Chichester Uni. 2008 Southend on Sea Uni. Art Gallery 2009 Member of Co Exist Studio artists Southend 2009 The Nelson Pub Southend on Sea 2010 Interruptions of the Ordinary at Tap Soutend 2010 Excerpts from The Armageddon Show Stoke on Trent 2011 The Seven Deadly Sins at The leigh on Sea Art Trail 2012 Parallax Art Fair Chelsea Old Town Hall London 2012 forthcoming show in Hvide Sande Denmark
I studied at Christchurch College Canterbury, Kent where I did a Certificate in Educaton. After I started teaching I gained a qualification in photography which allowed me to later do a degree in documentary photography at North East london Poly. as it was then. I followed this up by doing a Diploma in Education Management and an M.SC. in Education Management focussing on the Management of Change. I am now dedicated to the teaching of art and photography together with a deep interest in my own art which I love with a passion.