Richard Adams was born in Hampshire in 1960. He received a BA Hons in Graphic Design from Leicester Polytechnic. Spending his childhood in the British countryside of the south Cotswolds, the Cotswold landscape has had a strong and influence upon his work. In creating his art work, Richard invents a humorous dream world which includes people who are seen to float above the ground. His work depicts the English countryside and seaside and is inspired by his long-held loves for English vernacular architecture, rural history and our native flora and fauna. Yet the true subject of Adams' work is the imagination. His flights of fancy create a bucolic world peopled with characters in simple, domestic and rural pursuits. Everyday life takes on a fiction of endless sunshine and joyful leisure where fairies inhabit mystical sites and the fantastic sits comfortably in the natural world.
Likened to the eccentric visionaries Spencer and Dadd, his work follows in a tradition of British image making which he refreshes with his wit and humour. His unique, uplifting images convey a view which is is ultimately optimistic and life-affirming.
Paintings are produced using chalk pastel, fixed by soaking with a special varnish. Richard Adams' work is exhibited nationally and collected world-wide.