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Brendan Adams
"A Fine Balance "
Exhibition October 24 -November 10 2020

Saturday October 24 Opening Preview 3pm - 5pm

brendan adams nz potter, sculptor, clay and slip casting

Born in Auckland in 1961,Brendan has been making a living from clay since 1987. With Kathryn his wife, he set up Out of the Blue, a shop in Kingsland, Auckland which they had for 10 years. Together they now run Brendan Adams Design from their home studio in Auckland.
Brendan has a diploma in Fine Arts from Otago Polytechnic, where he majored in painting. Brendan’s domestic ware is well recognised for its pacific colours,
its easy going kiwi attitude and inventiveness, he is also well known for his abstract and figurative sculpture.

His work has been exhibited throughout the country in major competitions and exhibitions where he has won several awards, and is represented in the Auckland Museum, James Wallace Trust and regional collections.

Brendan has amassed a large following of clientele who appreciate his fine
New Zealand ceramics and creative and unusual sculpture.

More recently his contemporary sculpture has seen him combine other materials with the ceramics such as steel, brass, alluminium and wood.


The work is all coming together for Brendan's exhibition at Art By the Sea gallery.  Following his very successful exhibition; "Navigating Everyday Spaces" he has carried on making these new pieces using brass and ceramics.  Many of these pieces are built around a single point on the wall. On some of the pieces the balance is achieved by moving the ceramic components around.

“The name of this exhibition was lifted from the title of one of my favourite books, “A Fine Balance” by Rohinton Mistry.  In this book life hangs in the balance for 2 of the main characters as they live through a precarious existence.  However all the way through the book lives a positivity and hope for the future. 

In these works I have been playing with forms cantilevered on wire rods balancing from a single point on the wall. Each object and counter weight carry their own particular quality both physically and emotionally.   The implication of many of these works circles around the topic of the way we live in our physical environment, and how we strive for a balance.   

When you hang these pieces on their sculptured hooks you need to find the balance by moving the ceramic objects or sliding the brass sleeve to find the balancing point.  I find this interaction with the pieces to be very satisfying." Brendan Adams 2020

Below are listed a small selection of works for the exhibition. More will be uploaded closer to opening.

 
Brendan Adams nz ceramic piece
"Cabbage Tree" Ceramic, Brass Size: 24cm tall x 39cm wide x 12cm deep Enquire Now Sold
Brendan Adams nz ceramic artist
"Exit" Ceramic, Brass Size: 11cm tall x 45cm wide x 11cm deep Enquire Now Sold
Brendan Adams nz ceramic sculpture
"Long White Cloud" Ceramic, Brass Size: 55cm tall x 84cm wide x 5cm deep Enquire Now
Brendan Adams nz ceramic art
"Four Trees Trapeze" Ceramic, Brass Size: 20cm tall x 28cm wide x 2cm deep Enquire Now Hold



Brendan Adasm nz ceramic artist, meteor
 
Brendan Adams ceramics
 
Brendan Adams nz ceramics artist, brass
"Meteor" Ceramic, Brass
Size: 20cm tall x 20cm wide x 6cm deep Enquire Now
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"Drop Balance 1" Ceramic, Brass
Size: 35cm tall x 36cm wide x 4cm deep Enquire Now
 
"Drape Balance 2" Ceramic, Brass
Size: 38cm tall x 43cm wide x 5cm deep Enquire Now
Brendan Adams nz ceramic artist
 
Brendan Adams nz ceramic sculptures, brass
  Brendan Adams nz ceramic wall sculptures
"Drop Balance White Cloud" Ceramic, Brass
Size: 50cm tall x 41cm wide x 4cm deep Enquire Now
 
"Red Circle" Ceramic, Brass
Size: 31cm tall x 25cm wide x 5cm deep Enquire Now
 
"Script 1" Ceramic, Brass
Size: 70cm tall x 40cm wide x 11cm deep Enquire Now
Brendan Adams nz ceramic sculptor
 
Brendan Adams ceramic sculpture
 
Brendan Adams nz ceramic artist, red hook
"Drape Balance 1 " Ceramic, Brass
Size: 35cm tall x 36cm wide x 4cm deep Enquire Now
 
"Flag" Ceramic, Brass
Size: 32cm tall x 35cm wide x 3cm deep Enquire Now
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"Red Hook" Ceramic, Brass
Size: 70cm tall x 45cm wide x 4cm deep Enquire Now
Brendan Adams nz ceramic art, staves red oval
 
Brendan Adams nz ceramic art, terracotta gourd
 
Brendan Adams cercamic art, drop balance
"Staves Red Oval " Ceramic, Brass
Size: 46cm tall x 35cm wide x 5cm deep Enquire Now
 
"Double Terracotta Gourd Form on Stand" Ceramic, Brass
Size: 30cm tall x 33cm wide x 20cm deep Enquire Now
 
"Drop Balance Staves 1" Ceramic, Brass
Size: 46cm tall x 35cm wide x 5cm deep Enquire Now
   
Brendan Adams nz ceramic art
   
   
"Vertical Lines" Ceramic, Brass
Size: 46cm tall x 35cm wide x 5cm deep Enquire Now
   

Brendan Adams nz ceramic art, blue o  
Adams Ceramics
"Blue O" Ceramic, Brass, Copper, Wood
Size: 45cm tall x 61cm wide x 9cm deep Enquire Now
 
"Man with 2 Clouds" Ceramic, Brass, Wood
Size: 55cm tall x 68cm wide x 8cm deep Enquire Now


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