Although Adrian achieved joint first place in Northern Ireland in A-Level Art and Design in 2003, he opted out of going to Art College in favour of pursuing his academic studies. This relative freedom prevented formal artistic instruction from quashing Adrian’s notably individual style. In truth the idiosyncratic nature of his work is likely to be the very reason for its popularity.
For four years he juggled his career as an exhibiting artist with being a full time Communication, Advertising and Marketing student at the University of Ulster.
Adrian’s time at Ulster gained him a First Class Honours degree, the OFCOM Jonathan Hannah award for Integrated Communication and the IAS Smarts award for his research which focused on the role of marketers in increasing and diversifying audiences for the arts in Northern Ireland. No doubt this unusual mix helps explain his success to date in the commercial art world.
In 2010, Adrian was awarded funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to stage a series of high profile solo exhibitions across Northern Ireland. Accustomed to spinning many plates, the artist completed his doctoral research at Queen’s University Belfast in summer 2014. His PhD explored the concept of Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries. With his original pieces in strong demand, Adrian now holds an average of five solo exhibitions per year across the country and frequently works to private commission.
Musical themes are often found in Adrian’s work also. He was highly commended in the final of Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year (2002) and in 2006 received a scholarship for the second year running to study voice at the Ulster College of Music. His studies there earned him the title (LLCM) Licentiate of the London College of Music. Until recently, Adrian performed regularly with the Belfast Philharmonic Choir.
Adrian can now boast a growing following both nationally and internationally. This year he moved his Kilrea studio and gallery to the North Coast for the summer season. Given the success of the gallery at 99 Mark Street Portrush, Adrian has moved his work there on a more permanent basis. Exciting times are afoot for Adrian as his work continues to evolve and climb the ranks of the competitive Irish Art Market.