First Impression [postponed]: Adam Ralston: A Solo Exhibition

In the wake of the Coronavirus, we, like all other businesses, have had to react. We are sorry to say that Adam Ralston's first solo exhibition, planned for this April, is postponed until early next year. However, we have handpicked 10 of the best works from the show, which are available to purchase with FREE DELIVERY. 
(Please note, we will endeavour to deliver any purchased works within a week, but on occasion this might prove difficult given the circumstances).




The extraordinary plein air paintings of Adam Ralston — from Venice, Manchester, London, and Blackpool’s bustling promenade — have been a major draw to the Gallery for a number of years. His uplifting colour palette and loose, impressionistic style have been a mainstay on our walls; the works seem to shimmer with light, movement, and optimism. It is in these works, snapshots painted from observation on location, that the hand of the artist captures not only a sense of place, but time. We re-remember familiar places with the energy of the day.


Adam has painted professionally for five years, and First Impression is the award-winning artist’s first major solo exhibition. As well as his membership of the British Plein Air Painters group, The Northern Boys, and the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, Adam has exhibited for four consecutive years at the open exhibitions of the New English Art Club and Royal Institute of Oil Painters respectively. With prices starting at £325, this is a great opportunity to start your collection of original paintings: still lifes or plein air. Once live at 5pm on 17 April, you can view the full selection of paintings on our website. A day later in the morning of 18 April, works will be available to purchase in the Gallery, over the phone, and online. 


Born in Lytham St. Annes in 1970, Adam’s hometown of Blackpool is a prominent subject in his art. 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 in 1993.


‘I paint from life using oils’ says Adam. ‘I’m interested in plein air and still life painting. My plein air involves working outdoors in front of the subject. Living in Blackpool, there are numerous subjects 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 original drawing. Whether it’s plein air or still life work, if I can get these three things right, then the painting should be convincing’.


A winner of the Pintar Rapido prize, as well as the ROI PaintLive prize and the Frank Herring Easel Award, Adam’s paintings are more than convincing, with an array of accolades to prove it. We are proud to host First Impression and we hope that you can join us for the Preview for what is promising to be a popular exhibition of new paintings by Adam Ralston. We look forward to welcoming you to the Gallery.