Adrienne Byrne
contemporary art images

Artist's CV


  • Art and Design - St Martins, London
  • Post Grad in Photography - St Martins, London


  • Galleries
  • Iona House Gallery, Woodstock, Oxfordshire 2019
  • Sister Gallery, Barnes, London
  • Turner Barnes Gallery, Chelmsford, Essex
  • Lion Street Gallery, Hay on Wye, Wales
  • Luminaire Arts, Belgravia, London
  • The Mall Galleries, London
  • The Gallery, Cork Street, London
  • Wychwood Art Gallery, Oxfordshire
  • AFF Gallery on line, London
  • Arte Gallery, Weybridge
  • The Studio Gallery, Henley
  • Pond Gallery, Clapham
  • Wimbledon Art Studios, Open Event every May and November
  • Design Commissions:
  • Front Cover 'Risk Magazine', London financial publication
  • Book Cover 'Ways to Bottle Sunshine' by Tim Slader. (Commissioned painting for front cover)
  • Decorex Showcase, Syon House, Surrey, September 2016
  • Art Works as inspiration for Corporate Leadership events through Strategic Awareness Ltd
  • Corporate:
  • Royal Free Hospital London. Permanent exhibition
  • Bank of Ireland, Dublin
  • Strategic Awareness Ltd, Covent Garden, London. Permanent exhibition
  • Cannizaro House, Wimbledon, London
  • The Hurlingham Club, London

Work has been commissioned by Art Consultants, Interior Designers, Corporate Clients, an author, Retail Company and private individuals and is on display in the UK, Ireland, Germany, United States and Middle East.
My largest single project was for four oil paintings on canvas each of which measured 2.5m x 1.5m. This was for a property development company and the paintings hang in the St Edmund's Terrace development, Regent's Park, London.

The Work

I paint in oils on canvas or linen and create abstract land and sea scapes. Places I have been to feature in my work where I have been deeply touched by their astounding colour and form and endlessness of sky. I am fascinated by the sky, by the constant change and energy of movement where anything can happen with the cloud forms and anything is possible. The simple fact that the sky is not 'fixed' but is open and free with endless opportunity and potential inspires our daily perspective. Turner has always influenced me with his wonderful skies which are full of 'air' yet laden with meaning.
After the ethereal sky, the land is so important for its grounding, solid qualities. It is familiar and known and safe.
With the area between the land and sky I like to paint in a seamless way so one connects with the other with no effort. Lines and edges define things and influence how we perceive them so I like to remove the lines and edges so the subject is more open to interpretation and our own emotional interpretation.
Colour is huge for me for its inherent beauty and energy and emotional resonance. The colours shape the painting with their hues, tones and intensity creating the form and content. I apply the paint in thin layers for both intensity and transparency. I love to merge colours to form new ones, un-named colours that again express potential for limitlessness in this non verbal language. Gerhard Richter is a strong influence for both his abstract and representative work. His technique of dragging paint in his abstract work is inspiring for its planned randomness. Again, his way of dragging the paint in his almost photographic paintings is challenging.
Painting land and sky and water gives me the opportunity to create links to known places using colours and layers to create something evocative in an abstract way. Over time I have developed my use of abstraction so that it is about translating something real and fixed and recognisable and abstracting it but this abstraction is also a thing in it's own right which exists through, for example, colour and transparency, reference Dr. Conal Ryan (in relation to his experimental music) where he considers that "abstraction need not be considered as conditional on such a thing as a concrete world, upon the factual existence of concrete manifestation and our sensible perception of same, but rather as an activity centred in itself".

The inherent beauty of nature, colour and energy cannot be contained, it overflows…'the beauty leaks out and won't be contained'.