Mary Adam was born and grew up in Ireland. She studied Medicine at UCC and worked two years in England before marrying and moving to the Caribbean. Despite turning to painting relatively late in life she has been actively exhibiting her work for several decades. Her first solo show took place at Horizons Gallery in Trinidad in 2004, since then she has had several solo shows and participated in a number of group exhibitions.
In 2011, she completed the BA (Hons) Painting at the Open College of the Arts and currently is working from her London-based studio. Drawing, painting and printmaking are her core areas of interest, as she continues to explore the properties of light, contrast, and colour.
In addition to oils on canvas, she makes watercolours and acrylics. She also enjoys experimenting with assemblage and collage as they enable her to find new forms for the ideas that attract her attention.
Her recent works, a series called Couplets, are based on differences, individuality, and choice. Inspired by a Robert Rauschenberg show at the Tate Modern in 2017 she is investigating this idea further in the language of line, colour and tone. Her process involves printing flat fields of colour onto archival paper which she then tears or cuts into shapes to be collaged onto paper or canvas. Abstract ink drawings complete the work.
BA (Hons) Painting (2011), Open College of the Arts/Bucks New University, UK
2021 — RoCo 6x6x2021, Rochester Contemporary 6x6 Fundraiser, May —July 2021, Rochester, New York
2020 -- SWA Open Exhibition 2020 — Online Exhibition only this year, 22 September 2020 to 30 December 2020: - https://onlinegalleryswa.oess1.uk/ (page 12 of All Selected Artwork)
2020 -- The ESOP Online Exhibition, 14th August to 14th November 2020 — https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/1983362/the-contemporary-fine-art-course-adelaide-doble-mary-adam-vaughan-melzer
2020 -- Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 6x6x2020, a large fundraising exhibition, opened 15 May 2020 for online viewing.
Kingston Artists Open Studios, June 10-11 and 17-18, 2017
Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road, London, February 2017
Kingston Artists Open Studios, (Hawks Rd Studios), June 2016
Solo exhibition 2015, March 2--7, Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago.
Open Studio, Trinidad, September 2015
Solo exhibition 2006, 101 Art Gallery, Trinidad
Solo exhibition 2004, Horizons Art Gallery, Trinidad
Joint exhibition, 2002, Horizons Art Gallery, Trinidad.