A short video interview with JJ Adams by Films Storms UK on the interior artwork curated for Adam Handling's restaurant "The Frog" in Covent Garden, London and where the inspiration came from.
JJ releases three new limited edition pieces on Saturday the 24th of March.
JJ exhibited some of his retrospective work at Herrick Gallery in Mayfair in a group show called 'The Collective' from the 16th-24th March. Hosted by Beautiful Crime Gallery and Eddie Lock Gallery the event was very successful with the drummer of the Sex Pistols Paul Cook stopping by to see JJ's 'Atomic Girl' Blondie original and posing for a photo. Other artists involved were Goldie, Russell Marshall, Fin Dac, Wildcat Will, Illuminati and many others.
To celebrate the Royal Engagement JJ Adams released this very unique Diana Lenticular Print on the 1st of December. A low Edition of only 50. The artwork has been painstakingly re-worked from the original Diana release from 2014 and has been turned into a Lenticular medium print that had been many months in the making. While it may look similar at first, it is in fact very different.
The Lenticular edition works by utilising multiple images and perspectives that have been created separately and then manipulated making the artwork slowly change depending on your viewpoint angle and as you walk past it. You have to see it to believe it, watch the short video below.
It was an exclusive event at Manchester's Hotel Gotham. On the top floor in Club Brass surrounded by the new works of JJ Adams and with Live Tattooing going on, the venue was packed out and the cocktails were flowing. Hosted by Hotel Gotham, organised by Generation Gallery in Manchester and with the support of Harry Flashmans Tattoo Studio and Wishbone Publishing it was a night to remember. We'll let the video below tell the story...
Five new pieces of work as seen below:
Scottish Chef Adam Handling commissioned JJ Adams to create and curate the artwork for his new flagship restaurant 'The Frog by Adam Handling' and Eve bar in Covent Garden. JJ spent months working alongside Adam to realise the vision for this new fine dining restaurant. The VIP opening was on Thursday the 14th of September 2017 with music by DJ Nick Grimshaw from BBC Radio One. Here are some images and a video from the event.
Make sure to book in advance:
Wednesday, September 27th in Central Manchester. How would you like to get tattooed at the event? - Working alongside one of the UK’s most respected and ambitious tattoo studios Harry Flashmans and as a former tattoo apprentice turned artist, JJ will be presenting exciting new worksat The Hotel Gotham in Manchester for an evening of exclusive artwork, cocktails and live tattooing within a grandiose setting that is an evening not to be missed. The event will be strictly by invitation only. Please contact Generation Gallery for more info on attending the event itself.-
With three tattoo flash designs available to be tattooed on the evening for free – collectors of JJ's artwork will be able to be tattooed by one of the country’s most impressive and innovative ink artists Sean Kirby, the man that JJ gets tattooed by and who will realise the artwork via the needle on the evening of the event.
To express an interest in being tattooed live at the event please fill out the form on our contact page with "Getting Tattooed" added into the subject line or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and details on the evening. There are time slots for only 3 clients to be tattooed and one stand-by. All clients are tattooed free of charge and will also receive a signed print by JJ of their chosen tattoo design image. Get in touch...
JJ attended a very successful solo exhibition with Robertson Fine Art in Edinburgh during the Fringe festival and released some new Scottish themed limited edition prints, his Grandmother who was an artist, was born and raised in Edinburgh and is a big inspiration to him and so he included a few references to her in his new piece "Here be Dragons" of Calton Hill overlooking Edinburgh. His "Ghost Piper" screen prints were inspired by a recent trip through the Glencoe valley and the Highlands recently. Here are some photos from the event.
JJ gets a rare opportunity to create a piece of artwork for one of his idols.
After realising that Slash the guitarist from Guns n' Roses had posted one of JJ's pieces on his Instagram account, JJ got in touch with Slash and they agreed for him to come up with a bespoke piece of artwork based on the original sold out piece from 2013, a one-off 'Slash' Edition was created and it was sent off to him in L.A. The piece features many of Slash's actual tattoos as well as a nod to Lemmy from Motorhead and many hidden changes and added extras including the large snake to represent Slash himself and a completely new backdrop. The piece had to be recreated from the ground up and we feel it is a fresh new take on a classic piece with a few rock n' roll elements thrown in like the bullet belt, playboy bunny ears, hooped earrings and a Gibson Les Paul.
JJ Adams and ZombieDan had a joint exhibition at Artisan Gallery in Epping on Saturday the 15th of April. It was a great turnout and JJ released two new prints and had a Space Invader competition running on his old Arcade Cabinet, the winner with the hisghest score on the day receiving one of JJ's newly released pieces from his Spring collection titled 'Arcade Wizard'.
Nacoa - The National Association for Children of Alcoholics.
To commemorate Mumford and Son’s recent South African tour of 2016 and the cumulative release of their EP ‘Johannesburg’, artist JJ Adams was proud to be commissioned by the world recognised English-band to create a bespoke artwork to celebrating the tour. The EP, which peaked at number 1 on the US Billboard Charts was recorded in South Africa, the country JJ Adams grew up in.
The sold-out artwork was exclusively released to galleries in the UK and abroad last year. As part of this collaboration, three of the museum
quality limited edition prints were autographed by the four-piece band. One print is owned by the band, one by JJ himself and the third was donated by JJ for auction to raise money for the Nocoa charity.
Celebrity Chef and Restaurant owner Adam Handling mentions working with JJ Adams Live on TV on BBC One's Saturday Kitchen. The footage is available to view on JJ's Instagram feed on the right of this page and the link below.
Scottish Chef of the year, Masterchef Pro and Restaurant owner Adam Handling will be opening his flagship restaurant in Covent Garden in late 2017 and has allowed JJ Adams to curate the interior with his own work. Adam's infamous restaurant The Frog in Shoreditch can be found here:
JJ explains his unique style of adding and hiding objects in his work.
"This is something I get asked about a lot"
"Hiding objects, words and messages in my work is something I have been doing since I was a kid, I used to love staring at old Iron Maiden album covers looking for the hidden logos and messages, I would draw fighter jets as a kid from a picture in a magazine but then add my own elements to it, many times I would even add Iron Maiden logos, little hidden messages, bullet holes, graffiti, nose art and so on.
Add to that my love of the 2000AD comic characters "The ABC Warriors" who were robots that always had words added in somewhere on their arms or guns and my love of the artwork of "Tank Girl", you should have seen my school diary and school bag, it was covered with logos and messages, my version of graffiti in my teens was to scrawl something random or funny on a wall as I walked past at school or on the way home or I would trace a character out of a comic book and turn them into something else adding my own elements, so by the time I was apprenticing to be a tattoo artist at 18 years old, my tattoo flash drawing would always have hidden messages. It's part of who I am, I can't help adding my own touch to things preferably with a little humour.
It was a natural progression. I want to give the viewer something more than just the image, something that they'll find later and not straight away or give them something to laugh at to brighten their day or something that no matter how hard they try and work it out, it will never make any sense.
I have noticed that a few other artists are trying to do the same right now, I guess it's becoming trendy to hide easter eggs to convey a message, using graffiti and tattoos and words that are relative to the subject matter and I always wonder where their real inspiration comes from and why they are doing it. Do they understand graffiti and do they know why they are doing it? It only works with a very strong image to start with. I just hope that their initial idea and their images don't get lost in all the added detail."
I'd like to think of it as my own unique style that I created on my own but it's not really is it, I had a puzzle when I was five years old of hundreds and hundreds of tiny baked beans dressed in clothing doing random things like water skiing and driving cars, I'd stare at it for hours trying to find the hidden things they were doing. I honestly think I owe my artistic style to the guy that created that baked bean puzzle, it's entirely his fault." - JJ
KNIGHTS OF DISORDER:
"The inspiration for this piece stems back to my youth and spending so many hours browsing local VHS video rental stores looking for something to rent out. There used to be so many films with covers filled with amazing artwork, most of the time they gave the film a whole different feeling to what it actually was about, it used to fuel my imagination and nine times out of ten I would rent the film based on the cover and nine times out of ten the film would be terrible. A lot of those classic 80's films have not made it to DVD or Blu-Ray and are lost in our VHS memories.
This piece is all about that feeling, wondering what the film would be like, how bloody it would be, how scary it would be and if it would live up to it's cover artwork.
This is my imagination running wild, after visiting the graffiti covered Leake Street underneath Waterloo station in south London late at night recently to do some paste ups, my mind started to wonder about what was behind one of the old doors in the tunnel, it was dark, it was scary and the "Knights of Disorder" idea started to form. I was careful not to wake them...
The title of the piece is a play on words as I was out causing disorder that night and I went so far as to add myself into the piece with a photo of myself on the far left covered by a "Please Rewind" sticker. There are many hidden Easter eggs in this piece and many references to the South London location which I live close to. Each print also has a custom hologram VHS sticker that I have stuck on before signing with my diamond logo on it.
The funniest bit for me personally is the Latin embroidered on the bottom of the central characters tunic which translates: "Screw you and the horse you rode in on bruv, innit"
As the description on the cover says: "There is no escape from the nightmare that has waited 700 years to return." Enjoy the film..
JJ Adams will have four new pieces of work on display at the Scope Contemporary Art Fair on Miami Beach from the 29th Nov - Dec 4th his work being represented by Eaton Fine Art Gallery. The four new original pieces consist of three new acrylic on canvas paintings and a new tattoo piece. When asked about the work for Miami JJ's reply was "I went back to using only acrylic paint and a brush to see what I came up with and I had a lot of fun painting them, can't wait to see them on the wall in Miami".