Originally from the Thames Estuary, Adam Bracey graduated from the University of Brighton in 1998. He has taught Visual Arts in colleges, universities and schools around Sussex for over a decade where he has made his permanent home.
The Sussex coast serves as the major inspiration for his work and he has never lived far from the sea. His paintings have become primarily c...oncerned with the physical properties of paint rather than a faithful representation of a subject. The work has a real physical presence, with textures and surface not easily reproduced in print. Although abstract in nature his work makes direct reference to actual locations with much reference to rock strata and water surface. Recent paintings inspired by the British landscape experiment with the re-introduction of a figurative presence. The artist views natural landscape as ever changing, altered by erosion and sediment, light and different seasons; his paintings attempt to reflect this natural processes of change and growth. For the artists latest work, he has taken inspiration from Purbeck and Wight landscape. The artists paintings are as much about objects recovered from the sea, as the terrain itself. Shell casings, abandoned military vehicles and military artillery casings are juxtaposed against areas of outstanding natural beauty. The landscape oxidises metal, and buries foreign objects binding them to the earth below. The atmospheric coast offers a wealth of inspiration - the artist takes artistic influence from fossil gathering journeys, the Isle of Wight's Yaverland, and admiring wooden dinghies in Cowes.
He has exhibited in locations which have included Brighton, Lewes, Shoreham, London, Essex and Edinburgh.