Born in Annestown, Co. Waterford, Ireland, in 1977, Adrian is largely self-taught, selecting areas of study and interest – such as the classical atelier method – to inform the style and ethos of his work. He works predominantly in traditional drawing and painting media, regarding these fundamental skills and techniques as an essential part of his work as an artist. His style, however, would be better described as Abstract Realism. His first exhibition was a series of portraits and master copy drawings at 33 The Mall, Waterford, in 2014.
Music & The Arts
His early training was in classical music however, and he earned a BA in Music at Waterford Institute of Technology (1997-2001), went on to study an MA in Music Composition at University of York, UK (2001-02), and continued to further his piano education at Royal Irish Academy of Music (2004-06). He continues to play and study piano. The rigorous training demanded by classical music, his studies in music composition, and the cross-overs between music and art, have formed an essential part of his ethos and approach to his work as a visual artist.
He has worked in arts marketing and management for several years, working in theatre and visual arts, including internships at Origin Art Gallery, Dublin (2012-13) and Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork (2001). He is currently studying an MA in Art History, which he hopes to complete in 2019.
Adrian comes from a family of visual artists who influenced and mentored him through his formative years. He began classical drawing at The Drawing Studio, Merrion Square, Dublin (2012) and has also trained in pottery and ceramics at Dyehouse Gallery & Pottery, Waterford (2003) and Grenan Mill Craft School, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny (2003-04). He continues to pursue his own studies in classical drawing and painting at home and abroad.