Adam Brant is a visual artist specialising in painting and drawing. He graduated with a Fine Art degree from the University of Hull (Scarborough Campus) in 2002 (and recommends studying by the seaside - it's as fun as it sounds!).
During his studies Adam was lucky enough to spend a month at the Cyprus College of Art as part of a student exchange programme. He credits the inspiration he found from observing ways the modern world impacted the ancient history of the island as helping him to establish his identity as an artist.
Adam's art practice can generally be divided into two work streams:
Conceptual series of work created in response to a theme (over months and years)
Observational one-off work created in response to an object or image (over a few days).
On this page you'll find a copy of Adam's latest Artist Statement, along with information about:
My work attempts to communicate the tension that exists in the relationship between the past, present and future, and how our memories affect our response to this. It is intended to question if the marks we leave to satisfy a short-term need for convenience can be balanced with what’s needed for long-term survival.
Influenced by the tradition of still life painting I use objects and environments as sources of inspiration to explore how our actions impact space and time. I observe the marks left by the past on objects and environments found in the present to speculate about the future.
I build visual responses through a process of layering. The layers behave in much the same way as memories do, adding complexity, ambiguity, and uncertainty to the source material.
I’m interested in semiotic theory, questions about time as a continuum, and debates about nature verses nurture. My daily interactions with the physical environment, and research into history, nature, and the supernatural world, expand my perception of what constitutes the here and now.
My work strives to celebrate the possibilities of the future by embracing the present and learning from the consequences of the past. I hope to encourage the importance of refection in our fast-paced society by challenging the viewer to take a few moments to decipher what the marks I’ve made mean both individually and as a collective whole.
Adam Brant, June 2017