The first solo exhibitionby Adam Hargreaves since sell out show in 2013
The long wait for the solo exhibition is due to Adam working on an exciting project, his first book not featuring Mr Men characters. Molly Mischief... Wants a Pet, is about Molly’s quest to find the perfect pet after a visit to a wildlife park. It is scheduled for release in paperback in August 2017Hargreaves said it was “exciting” to be working on a series of his own, adding: “I strongly believe that there’s an opportunity for an adventurous and strong girl character. Molly is just this, but the stories are also packed with silliness, humour and fanciful events that will amuse and entertain. I hope that children and their parents will love these stories.”
Having originally trained as fine artist, Adam has found time to return to his first love and paint, and his paintings could not me more different from his Mr Men illustrations, with the immense detail and light within his current series of paintings depicting the East Sussex & Kent landscape having a quality beyond merely topographical.
Adam is driven by a desire to capture and transpose onto canvas the colour, structure and atmosphere of nature’s offerings “an absorbing, often frustrating, but essentially an exhilarating challenge”.
“It is the countryside in all its permutations that inspires and initiates the painting process in me. Whether bathed in bright light or dimmed under a lowering sky, I find a true excitement in those small corners and grand moments that nature offers us.”
And the paintings are just that. A calming, subdued celebration of nature’s small corners and grand moments. There is nothing pretentious about Hargreaves’ paintings.
Works in his latest series including ‘Oak and Clouds’, ‘Through the clouds’’ and ‘’Magnolia’, truly have the ability to work on our emotions and generate new sensations within. Their beauty will act as a balm, fill you with awe, provide solace or remind you of a familiar walk – evoking the mood of each landscape.
Fairfax Gallery brings this stunning exhibition to Tunbridge Wells with 16 of new paintings from Saturday 11th March.