Richard Adams grew up in Wiltshire, he studied illustration at Leicester Polytechnic and on graduating he moved to London. During the 1980's he worked as a freelance illustrator winning many awards.
He retired from illustration, frustrated by the confines of a brief and began exhibiting annually with Hybrid in 1991. Adams moved to East Sussex in 1995, he still lives here working exclusively towards exhibitions with galleries in the south of England.
The port of Rye and the Sussex countryside feature heavily in his work as does the Cornish coast where he holidays and the Cotswolds, familiar from his childhood. Recent time spent in Devon has encouraged the introduction of the Devon countryside into his images. Adams' work continues to be inspired by his long-held loves for English vernacular architecture, British history and our native flora and fauna.
Yet the true subject of Adams' work is the imagination; through his flights of fancy he carries the viewer into an unreal world peopled with colourful characters in simple, domestic and rural pursuits. Whilst Adams embraces the supernatural or darker side of life in his detail-rich narratives his view is ultimately optimistic and life-affirming. Likened to the eccentric visionaries, Spencer and Dadd his work follows in a tradition of British image making which he refreshes with his unique wit and subtle humour.