Adam Ralston MAFA Biography

Adam Ralston was born in Lytham St. Annes in 1970. He's a plein air oil painter, which means he paints from direct observation on location. His hometown of Blackpool is a prominent subject throughout his art. Each painting is an exploration of the value of tone and colour, whilst remaining conscious of the formal qualities and composition. He prefers to complete a painting 'alla prima' (in one go) if possible, although multiple painting sessions are sometimes needed.


Adam achieved an Art Foundation Diploma from Blackpool College of Art in 1990, and went on to achieve a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art at Canterbury College of Art, 1993.


He was recently elected a member of the Manchester Academy Of Fine Arts, and has exhibited regularly over the past year at the Mall Galleries in London.


'I paint from life using oils. I'm interested in pleinair and still life painting. My pleinair involves working outdoors directly in front of the subject. Living in Blackpool, there's numerous subject matter ranging from beach scenes or the promenade, to the famous Illuminations. I try and recreate the atmosphere of what I'm seeing by searching for the correct tonal values and colour, whilst trying my best to keep to the drawing. Whether it's pleinair or still life work, if I can get these three things right, then the painting should look convincing'.

— Adam Ralston MAFA



  • Royal Institute Of Oil Painters (ROI) - 2020/19/'18/‘17/‘16
  • Royal Institute Of Oil Painters (ROI) 2020 - Won the 'Menena Joy Schwabe Memorial Award' – for an outstanding oil painter
  • New English Art Club (NEAC) 2020/19/'18/‘17/‘16
  • Pintar Rapido (London) 2017 — 1st Place / 2016 — 3rd Place 
  • Royal Society Of British Artists (RBA) 2017
  • Manchester Academy Of Fine Arts (MAFA-membership) 2017
  • Royal Institute Of Oil Painters (ROI) 2016 - Won the 'Frank Herring Easel Award'
  • ROI Paintlive 2017 — 1st Place