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Adam Ralston Art

Adam was born in 1970 in Lytham St Annes and relocated to Blackpool when he was 18 years old. I worked as a glass collector at Blackpool Tower for a season before enrolling in a three-year fine art degree at Canterbury after completing a two-year art foundation.

Adam has grown increasingly interested in painting on-site, or ‘en pleinair,’ in the open air, in recent years. His art often portrays Blackpool, England’s most well-known beach resort! The picture on location is difficult because there are so many distractions, but the rewards are enormous when a painting comes together. He can easily paint for 4-6 hours in one place, thus the final picture is an accumulation of that time rather than a single image like a photograph. He prefers to start and complete a painting all at once (all prima), although this is not always feasible, particularly if the work is big. Adam will return on a different day, at a different hour, and incomparable weather circumstances until his painting, hopefully, succeeds!

After being taught measured drawing at the foundation level, Adam was inspired by painters like Euan Uglow and William Coldstream. And more current modern artists like Ken Howard and Peter Brown, to name a few! He just paints what he sees while attempting to stay true to the design and looking for tonal values and color. Adam uses the same 10 colors in his palette and mixes them in the manner he deems fit at the moment; color and details that you wouldn’t notice in a picture!

Adam’s art has been approved into the Mall Galleries in London this year.