This piece was a private commission for Scottish award-winning Chef, Adam Handling to be the main wall feature at his latest restaurant, recently opened in Covent Garden, London.
The artwork is a play on the painting “The son of man” by Rene Magritte and a mash-up on the biblical Adam and the apple and set in the hustle & bustle of one of West London’s most famous locations.
It’s setting is focused within Piccadilly Circus, where I stayed in a hotel on first returning to the UK from Cape Town in 1998. The graffiti on the building covered by scaffolding states “This used to be a hotel” which used to be The Regent Palace Hotel. I have also put up boards over the location of Tower Records, a store I loved visiting in my youth.
This piece features the open window featured in many of my other Rule Britannia pieces as well as the same phone box and the briefcase from “Plebgate” and the Polling station sign as a nod of continuity to the series that I have taken so much enjoyment from developing over the past 3-4 years.
The lions have made their way from Trafalgar Square, taking on board the concept from my piece “Nelsons Column” and one of them is standing on a soap box voicing his own timeless opinions.
The overall theme plays on the ideas and relationships between old and new and the incurring battles between the two.
JJ Adams is a new media and mixed media artist from South West England currently living and working in London. “JJ Adams is the Zappa or Hendrix of the UK Fine Art scene. I no longer walk past a gallery without looking in, he’s taken icons and buildings we know so well and added a drop of LSD”.
Recently featured in Vogue & GQ, JJ Adams is rapidly becoming one of the UK’s most talked about and collectable artists. He is bold and confident in style often completely transforming celebrity images or iconic landmarks with his own inimitable edge and blurring the lines between new media, pop, fine art, digital art and photography.
The rebellious son of a baptist preacher, JJ Adams emigrated as a child from Plymouth in the UK to Cape Town in South Africa in the early eighties. He spent much of his youth around the studio of South African contemporary artist Derric van Rensburg, where he discovered his love of bright colour and graphic art. JJ Adams studied graphic design at Cape College while working as a part-time apprentice in `Wildfire Tattoos` a busy tattoo studio in central Cape Town. JJ Adams finally returned to the UK in the mid-nineties with the aim of becoming a tattoo artist.
Featured in Vogue & GQ and having worked alongside clients like Rolls Royce and Bang & Olufsen, JJ Adams is rapidly becoming one of the UK’s most talked about and collectible artists. He is bold and confident in style often completely transforming celebrity images or iconic landmarks with his own inimitable edge and blurring the lines between new media, pop, fine art, digital art and photography.
Adams uses a range of new and mixed media in his work from spray painting to hand painting acrylics, stenciling, screen printing, collage and digital composite and matte painting as well as photography.
“The key is not to take yourself or your work too seriously, just to have fun creating and experiment and ignore criticism and keep your feet on the ground, otherwise it gets too complicated and it ruins your creativity, I create artwork for other people to enjoy and I don’t attempt to save the world with a message that I don’t truly believe. I donate to charities instead through the sale of my artwork who really do know how to make a difference”