Richard Adams

Richard Adams

Richard Adams, a contemporary New Zealand abstract artist, first exhibited his works in 1982 at the Molesworth Gallery in Wellington. Since then, the Auckland based artist has become nationally and internationally renowned for his work, exhibiting in Tokyo, Sydney,New York, London and most recently at gallery thirty three in Wanaka, The Arthouse in Christchurch and the McPherson Gallery in Auckland.

A man of many talents, Adams is not only an established artist, but also displays a passionate flair for the Jazz Violin as frontman for the Nairobi Trio. He published his first book of poems and etchings called ‘Translations’ in 1979 and in the same year co-scripted, produced and directed the New Zealand film ‘Artman.’
Adams abstract, minimalistic plains of vertical and horizontal motif panels, curves and lines are inspired by nature, colours, textures, shapes and surfaces. Drawing from the landscape Adams uses canvas and paper as frames for the exploration of coloured oil panels, ovals and line etchings cemented by an obvious structural base, balanced by optical restraint and painterly freedom.

Adams believes he will never run out of things to paint “the well is endless” so to speak. The guide rather than the master of the brush, Adam’s works are both literary and artistic. They are images resultant of thought processes, simplified and emotional that grow as he works – Hamish Coney, in a recent interview with the artist said “unlocking the meaning of Richard’s work is a joint venture between the artist and viewer, both of whom bring a history to the moment of viewing.”

Most recent exhibition : 6 May – 5 June 2016 ” Richard Adams | Mark Making

There was a great workshop over the weekend of 7 & 8th May , with an abstract emphasis and will focus on the importance of mark making, when preparing for under painting, and how to reveal textures and expressive brushwork within a composition.

This was the third workshop we have organized for Richard. Please enquire if you are interested in joining the next workshop, which will probably be in January 2017. First come first served, there are only limited space.

Richard’s exhibition was very well received and his works adorn new homes in Russell, Kerikeri, Warkworth, Auckland, Tasmania…

Remaining works are still available, some will be hung in the upcoming Winter Showcase exhibition running from July – September, others are available on demand.

Kaan Zamaan always stocks plenty of Richard’s works , from small works on paper, to large canvases. Ask within.



Last year, Richard did a six week residency at Winchester School in Winchester UK, where he was commissioned to do a painting and workshops with the pupils.

Richard with his commissioned work now hanging in Winchester school.

Richard with the finished canvases

Richard with the finished canvases