JJ Adams is a new media and mixed media artist from South West England and Cape Town, South Africa currently living and working in South London. 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.
The rebellious son of a baptist preacher, JJ emigrated as a child from Plymouth in the UK to Cape Town in South Africa in the early eighties. JJ studied graphic design at Cape College while working as a part-time apprentice in a busy tattoo, and finally returned to the UK in the mid-nineties with the aim of becoming a tattoo artist.
After a number of years living in London, JJ moved back to Plymouth, where over the next several years he worked as a self taught graphic designer and moved into professional sign making. In 2009 after selling a few of his acrylic paintings through a local gallery, he decided it was time to move back to London and finally pursue his art career. In early 2011, using his experience he had gained working in the tattoo industry, he produced a series of black and white tattooed celebrity images which set the ball rolling.
JJ 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 and street art. He was a finalist for the 2016 Fine Art Trade Guild’s “Best Selling Published Artist” Award and shortlisted for “Artist of the Year 2017”.
JJ Adams is married with five children and two dogs, and lives and works from his studio in Croydon, South London.