With skill and originality Jamie Adamson creates elegant wall sculptures that transform the wood medium into strong design works with interesting shadow play.
Jamie Adamson’s strong interest in working with wood began during his early years when he loved to join his grandfather in his workshop. There they would spend time using tools and machinery to fix and create things. Jamie’s interest was furthered with his father, working together with tools on cars, tree houses and other building projects.
After leaving school Jamie worked at three different yards to complete his apprenticeship in the boatbuilding trade. This gave him experience in three different styles of craftsmanship including working with timber, steel and fibreglass materials. He developed enjoyment in working with wood. Naval architect Craig Loomes was a strong influence in terms of working with aesthetics in form and line. Through boatbuilding Jamie learned patience and the ability to craft a concept into a product that looks aesthetically pleasing. All these early experiences were the foundations for the space that Jamie is currently sculpting from.
For some 15 years Jamie was distracted from pursuing his interest in woodworking while he raised a young family and ran a commercial enterprise. To stave his interest he slowly filled the family home with furniture until there was no longer any space to fill. Having recently sold his business he is now embracing his long harboured interest in sculpting with wood. Using boatbuilding techniques he is experimenting and developing his own style of sculpture.
Adamson's works are identifiable by the use of his chosen medium, recycled rimu and pine, and his meticulous construction techniques that have a flawless finish.
As a boat builder by trade, Jamie Adamson finds wood a natural pleasure to work with. As he works, the process comes from an instinctual space. He enjoys the physicality of the form he creates, emulating shapes, lines and working with the organic nature of the material.