Adam Bainbridge British, b. 1982

Adam Bainbridge is a British artist who lives and works in London. He achieved his BA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, from 2003-2007, and then went on to complete his MA in Fine Art (Painting) from the Royal College of Art from 2008-2010. His works have twice been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing prize (2017 and 2011). 


Working almost exclusively in black and white, Bainbridge’s work has a dream-like, surreal quality to it. His most recent drawings depict forests, which are partially obscured by a thick fog or haze.


Bainbridge says of his new work;


“The image appears and disappears from view. I aim to create a tension between the flat materiality of the layered graphite surface and the illusion of pictorial space. I slowly build up pencil, blending and blurring the surface so that line and gesture – two characteristics we might normally associate with drawing – are hidden. My work has always explored that which is obscured from view or distanced in some way. In these new drawings, I wanted to explore the threshold between the visible and concealed”.


“Whereas the photographs I use as source material are records of a moment, the drawings extend the moment and slow down the process of looking. I want to create surfaces that are dense with both physical layers of pencil and a sense of the time that they took to make”.