I’m intrigued by the scope of the human condition, our capacity for humanity next to our potential for brutality, and I’d say it’s this fascination which pushes me to paint. I think as humans, we have a need to connect and the exploration of who we are and our place in the world keeps artists motivated to reach out and produce. I’m heavily drawn towards figurative art and have always been interested in the relationship between identity and self-consciousness. My art then naturally becomes a means of looking at how we construct and define ourselves through others, and for me the figure is the best place to explore this.
Recently I’ve concentrated on portraiture and drawn on neolithic and paleolithic archaeology for inspiration. Creating contemporary depictions of our ancient history has allowed me to engage artistically with the rich and complex narrative of our past, which hopefully helps me understand something of who we are today.
~ Eleanor Adair
I was born and grew up in Glasgow. I travelled to Alaska when I was 19 and spent a few months drawing and exhibiting my work there. Later I spent time living and working in Paris before moving to Edinburgh. I have no formal art training and have recently completed a degree in Psychology which has been influential in my art.