Adair, Eleanor

I’m intrigued by the scope of the human condition, our capacity for thought, language and humanity next to our potential for brutality, and this fascination pushes me to paint. I’m heavily drawn towards figurative art and have always been interested in the relationship between identity and self-consciousness . My art then naturally becomes a means of looking at how we construct and define ourselves through others, and for me the figure is the best place to explore this.

Recently I’ve concentrated on portraiture and drawn on neolithic and paleolithic archaeology for inspiration. Creating contemporary depictions of our ancient history has allowed me to engage artistically with the rich and complex narrative of our past, which hopefully helps me understand something of who we are today.

I was born in Glasgow, Scotland, am self-taught and currently live and work in Edinburgh.