Born in 1981, Adam is a native of the historic city of Edinburgh. He is an artist who is committed to painting excellent commissioned portraits, developed with care and sensitivity, that he has continued to produce and refine over the last eight years.
He is the great grandson of Dr R. Douglas Strachan, the world renowned Scottish designer of stained glass. Coming from an Artistic family, Adam, was always encouraged to pursue a career in the visual arts. In 2000 He won a place at the internationally recognised Glasgow School of Art, where he studied for a BA in Drawing and Painting.
Since Adam organised his first local exhibition in 2009, he has made a commitment to follow his passion for detailed figurative and surrealist art. From 2011 to 2014 he worked from a studio at the popular Artist hub of Coburg House, in the Leith shore area of Edinburgh. During this time Adam also worked as an Art Specialist at one of the largest Nurseries (Kindergarten) in Edinburgh, exhibited regularly, and also completed numerous commissions.
After his first son was born Adam took a break to focus on family life, but has now moved to a private studio where he has returned to working full time as a painter.
upcoming / current exhibitions
Aug 20 2018 - Ongoing
I'm very pleased that I have two pieces currently for sale in the lovely E.D.S. Gallery 13A Great King Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6QW
The EDS Gallery is fantastic, totally unpretentious, and welcoming. I was thoroughly impressed with all the work on display.
Nov 3 2018 - Feb 9 2019
I am thrilled that one of my portraits will be amongst 28 fine art works and 28 photographic works that have been selected for this years Scottish Portrait Awards (SPAs) So many talented Artists are involved this year. It is sure to be a fantastic event. The exhibition will take place at the Scottish Arts Club. 24 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1 2BW from Saturday 3rd November to Saturday 1st December. Then the exhibition moves to the Glasgow Art Club, 185 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4HU, from Monday 21st January to Saturday 9th February
Leith School of Art, Edinburgh 2000 - 2001 - Foundation in Art and Design.
Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow 2001 – 2004 - B.A. Honours - Drawing and Painting.
2010 Glasgow, Double Portrait of Professor Alan Rodger (with Partner), Oncologist, professor of radiation oncology and medical director.
2011 London, Portrait of Annie Evans, LGBT activist, Trustee Opening Doors London.
2012 Edinburgh, Child Portrait of Ryan, Dr Paul Magrane's three year old son.
2012 London, Portrait of Belinda J Evans, Private commission.
2013 Edinburgh Child Portrait of Charlie Wardill's eighteen month old son.
2015 Edinburgh, Child Portrait of Luke, Dr Paul Magrane's three year old son.
2017 Edinburgh, Child Portrait of Isabel, Stephanie Maia's nine year old daughter.
2009 Twelvebytwelve, Group Exhibition, Amber Arts, Edinburgh.
2010 Surfaced, Group Exhibition, Roseleaf, Edinburgh.
2011 Coburg House Art Studios, Open Festival Exhibition, Edinburgh.
2012 Coburg House Gallery, HRH The Princess Royal Selected Exhibition.
2012 Coburg House Art Studios Summer Open Studio's.
2013 Art by the Water Group Exhibition, Coburg House Gallery.
Aug 2018 Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams Auctioneers, Edinburgh.
working with Young Children
"Adam worked at Heriot Hill Nursery for around 8 Years between 2007 and 2015. During this time he taught art to the Preschool (3-4 y.o.) children. He was an enthusiastic and imaginative teacher and fired up the children’s imagination and creativity. He undertook a number of projects during this time, which were always completed on time and beautifully presented. Adam had a great rapport with both the children and parents and was much loved and respected. He also worked well with other staff and was easy going and flexible, a necessary quality when working with young children. During this time he also undertook a number of private commissions for children’s portraits, which were always well received and complimented. Since then he has continued to develop his talents."
Liz Gallacher, Owner/Principal Heriot Hill Nursery (1988-2017)
Heriot Hill is an independent nursery (kindergarten) for babies and children from birth to school entry. Established in 1988 and situated in a central location, it is one of the largest nurseries in Edinburgh, with 25 years experience of safeguarding, teaching and playing with young children.