Adrian Elgie

ARTIST’S BIO

 

Adrian Elgie was born in the seaside town of Weston Super Mare, Somerset, England in 1961. His Scottish mother was from a Fife fishing town called Tayport and though his father was born in Wembley, London he spent most of his childhood in his mother and father´s family home county of Cornwall, in specific Marazion. This is why Elgie has such an affinity and fascination with the sea, its coastline and the land around it.

 

As a boy his mother and father would take him back to the family town of Marizion and the Cornish coast most summers and every Christmas where they would stay with his godparents, the vicar of Marazion and his wife in the vicarage. The beach, sea and diving off Chapel Rock were a daily ocurrance.

 

His father was in the RAF which meant moving around a lot but eventually they moved to Barry, South Wales and once his father had left the RAF they settled to give Adrian some educational stability.

 

Barry Island and more sea, sand and craggy rocks on his doorstep the young artist started to blossom, getting his O and A ‘Levels including Art which got him into Cardiff Art College in 1980

 

 After a one-year foundation course, 3 year 2-Dimensional Design course, he headed up to London and a career in advertising. 17 years working in various creative departments before he headed off to Cairo Egypt in 2001 and a Creative Director position. He painted in his spare time. Mostly at weekends from his houseboat on the Nile. 8 years later he returned to the UK, rented a small cottage in the middle of the English countryside, sat down and wrote a book. Just as the first draft was finished and a list of literary agents compiled, and letters and submissions sent, the adverting business came calling again and an Executive Creative position in 2010 for Young & Rubicam in Amman, Jordan.

 

A year later he decided the advertising business was no longer for him, so he returned to his cottage in the countryside and Water Newton.

 

After some local commissions, Christmas cards and Calendars of the village, he approached a local galley in nearby Stamford and its owners Robert and Diane Fogell (The Robert Fogell Gallery). His initial response from Robert was cool but he agreed to see some of his work. His work was warmly received on his return, and he was asked to participate in a joint summer exhibition in 2012. Nothing was sold but the fire had been lit in his belly. An artist he was going to be.

 

 

2015 and speculative look on Facebook for his Art college sweetheart, turned into to a trip to Mallorca where she lived and worked. 3 months later the move was permanent.

 

2017 he had his first solo exhibition at Rialto Living. After its success in selling everything in 5 weeks another followed the following year, which was equally successful. A joint exhibition there in 2019 and another in 2021 followed once the worst of the pandemic had passed. 

 

At present Adrian Elgie is in love with Mallorca, his wife, dog Frank and painting the wonderful island.