Overview

​Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2006, Bridgland has used a diverse range of materials and working methods to pursue an incisive and often witty exploration of distinctively British sentiments, externalising the underlying sense of loss and nostalgia that permeates our memories.

Vignettes of British back-packer’s holidays, old-fashioned bus-tours, and childhood seaside breaks that figure strongly in his visual repertoire are often tinged with this feeling of time having passed too quickly, our memories gradually fading. Twinned with this however, is an upbeat celebration of themes distilled from children’s colouring books, paint-by-numbers kits, old public transport posters and kitsch postcards, which he imbues with the kaleidoscopic richness of carefully chosen and thickly applied primary colours. These everyday, almost mundane subjects are treated with the importance and status of emblems; centred in each work and often encapsulated within related text or target-like circular borders that focus our gaze.

Whether descriptive of change or constancy, Bridgland’s work keys into our desire to remember and relive, and plays upon our tendency to elevate our shared memories with the rose-tinted, wistful spectacles we don when thinking of the past, as well as the future. His depictions of identity and belonging, nostalgia and emotion give to his work a hugely personal aspect, and are influenced by a graphic and visual tradition that is quite specific to Britain. Yet his subtle combinations of image and related text play on everyone’s perceptions of shared occasions. Perhaps then it is the delicately précised power of the experiences he attempts to capture that make Bridgland’s work so accessible to all.

 

Adam has exhibited widely in the UK, America, Europe and Asia. The British Museum, the V&A, UBS, Boeing Asia and Debbie Harry are just some of the collectors of Adam's work. In July 2009 Adam was awarded his first major public art commission by Commissions East. He has since gone to complete a number of important projects, including work for YouTube, Heal's, Comme Des Garcons, Airnimal bikes, Cambridge United Football Club, Ace Hotel, Soho House, SmartLIFE, Jacuzzi and Eastern Pavilions.

Works
  • Adam Bridgland, A Hopes And Dreams Bound Into One Bunch, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    A Hopes And Dreams Bound Into One Bunch, 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on vintage seed packet
    14 x 11 cm unframed
    36 x 28 cm framed
    Adam Bridgland, A Hopes And Dreams Bound Into One Bunch, 2021
    Sold
  • Adam Bridgland, I need this wilderness for my heart to beat, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    I need this wilderness for my heart to beat, 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on vintage seed packet
    13 x 8 cm
    Adam Bridgland, I need this wilderness for my heart to beat, 2021
    Sold
  • Adam Bridgland, Nobody Ever Picks Me Flowers, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    Nobody Ever Picks Me Flowers, 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on vintage seed packet
    14 x 11 cm unframed
    36 x 28 cm framed
    Adam Bridgland, Nobody Ever Picks Me Flowers, 2021
    Sold
  • Adam Bridgland, She Was A Reader Of Detective Novels, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    She Was A Reader Of Detective Novels, 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on vintage seed packet
    14 x 11 cm unframed
    36 x 28 cm framed
    Adam Bridgland, She Was A Reader Of Detective Novels, 2021
    Sold
  • Adam Bridgland, This Is A Thing Of Beauty , 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    This Is A Thing Of Beauty , 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on vintage seed packet
    14 x 11 cm unframed
    36 x 28 cm framed
    Adam Bridgland, This Is A Thing Of Beauty , 2021
    Sold
  • Adam Bridgland, A Dozen Cheap Roses, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    A Dozen Cheap Roses, 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on vintage postcard
    14 x 9 cm unframed
    Adam Bridgland, A Dozen Cheap Roses, 2021
    £ 80.00
  • Adam Bridgland, Wake up next to people who make you happy, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    Wake up next to people who make you happy, 2021
    Archival Inkjet with Enamel, Ink and Crayon Overlays on Somerset Satin Enhanced 330gsm Paper
    29 x 21 cm
    Edition of 50 | Exclusive to CIRCLE Contemporary
    Adam Bridgland, Wake up next to people who make you happy, 2021
    £ 70.00
  • Adam Bridgland, Always Thoughts Of Tomorrow In Mind, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    Always Thoughts Of Tomorrow In Mind, 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on vintage postcard
    15 x 11 cm unframed
    Adam Bridgland, Always Thoughts Of Tomorrow In Mind, 2021
    Sold
  • Adam Bridgland, Contents Of Your Excitement , 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    Contents Of Your Excitement , 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on vintage postcard
    15 x 11 cm unframed
    Adam Bridgland, Contents Of Your Excitement , 2021
    £ 80.00
  • Adam Bridgland, Sunday We Need To In Those Boxes Under The Bed, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    Sunday We Need To In Those Boxes Under The Bed, 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on vintage postcard
    15 x 11 cm unframed
    Adam Bridgland, Sunday We Need To In Those Boxes Under The Bed, 2021
    £ 80.00
  • Adam Bridgland, I saw that face again and had a sore heart meltdown, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    I saw that face again and had a sore heart meltdown, 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on vintage postcard
    15 x 11 cm unframed
    Adam Bridgland, I saw that face again and had a sore heart meltdown, 2021
    £ 80.00
  • Adam Bridgland, I think i've lost touch with modern dog walkers, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    I think i've lost touch with modern dog walkers, 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on vintage postcard
    15 x 11 cm unframed
    Adam Bridgland, I think i've lost touch with modern dog walkers, 2021
    £ 80.00
  • Adam Bridgland, Love Is Translating Affections From Night Into Day, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    Love Is Translating Affections From Night Into Day, 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on vintage postcard
    15 x 11 cm unframed
    Adam Bridgland, Love Is Translating Affections From Night Into Day, 2021
    £ 80.00
  • Adam Bridgland, Now I Find Poetry In The Strangest Places, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    Now I Find Poetry In The Strangest Places, 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on vintage postcard
    15 x 11 cm unframed
    Adam Bridgland, Now I Find Poetry In The Strangest Places, 2021
    Sold
  • Adam Bridgland, Wake Up Next To People Who Make You Happy, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    Wake Up Next To People Who Make You Happy, 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on vintage postcard
    15 x 11 cm unframed
    Adam Bridgland, Wake Up Next To People Who Make You Happy, 2021
    Sold
  • Adam Bridgland, We Could Use A Miracle Now, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    We Could Use A Miracle Now, 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on vintage postcard
    15 x 11 cm unframed
    Adam Bridgland, We Could Use A Miracle Now, 2021
    £ 80.00
  • Adam Bridgland, We Should Think About Getting A Dog, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    We Should Think About Getting A Dog, 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on vintage postcard
    15 x 11 cm unframed
    Adam Bridgland, We Should Think About Getting A Dog, 2021
    Sold
  • Adam Bridgland, You and I , 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    You and I , 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on vintage postcard
    15 x 11 cm unframed
    Adam Bridgland, You and I , 2021
    £ 80.00
  • Adam Bridgland, You and I (dog), 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    You and I (dog), 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on vintage postcard
    15 x 11 cm unframed
    Adam Bridgland, You and I (dog), 2021
    Sold
  • Adam Bridgland, I need this wilderness for my heart to beat, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    I need this wilderness for my heart to beat, 2021
    Original painting on vintage colouring book
    25 x 19 cm
    Adam Bridgland, I need this wilderness for my heart to beat, 2021
    Sold
  • Adam Bridgland, She Always Made Me Smile, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    She Always Made Me Smile, 2021
    Original painting on vintage colouring book
    25 x 19 cm
    Adam Bridgland, She Always Made Me Smile, 2021
    £ 125.00
  • Adam Bridgland, Every morning i've got a new chance, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    Every morning i've got a new chance, 2021
    Original painting on vintage colouring book
    120 x 90 cm
    Adam Bridgland, Every morning i've got a new chance, 2021
    Sold
  • Adam Bridgland, Tales from your house ..., 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    Tales from your house ..., 2021
    Original painting on vintage colouring book
    25 x 19 cm
    Adam Bridgland, Tales from your house ..., 2021
    £ 125.00
  • Adam Bridgland, Wake up next to people that make you happy , 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    Wake up next to people that make you happy , 2021
    Original painting on vintage colouring book
    42 x 30 cm
    Adam Bridgland, Wake up next to people that make you happy , 2021
    Sold
  • Adam Bridgland, We ran and left everything in the woods, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    We ran and left everything in the woods, 2021
    Original painting on vintage colouring book
    42 x 30 cm
    Adam Bridgland, We ran and left everything in the woods, 2021
    £ 125.00
  • Adam Bridgland, I need this wilderness for my heart to beat , 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    I need this wilderness for my heart to beat , 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on board
    16 x 12 cm
    Adam Bridgland, I need this wilderness for my heart to beat , 2021
    Sold
  • Adam Bridgland, I need this wilderness for my heart to beat, 2021
    Adam Bridgland
    I need this wilderness for my heart to beat, 2021
    Original painting with enamel painted text on board
    41 x 51 cm
    Adam Bridgland, I need this wilderness for my heart to beat, 2021
    Sold
  • Adam Bridgland, I’m Not A Tourist, I Live Here, 2020
    Adam Bridgland
    I’m Not A Tourist, I Live Here, 2020
    Screen print on paper
    42 x 30 cm
    Limited Edition
    Adam Bridgland, I’m Not A Tourist, I Live Here, 2020
    £ 20.00
  • Adam Bridgland, I NEED THIS WILDERNESS FOR MY HEART TO BEAT, 2020
    Adam Bridgland
    I NEED THIS WILDERNESS FOR MY HEART TO BEAT, 2020
    Lithograph on Fedrigoni Arco 250gsm Paper
    60 x 42 cm
    Edition of 100
    Adam Bridgland, I NEED THIS WILDERNESS FOR MY HEART TO BEAT, 2020
    £ 125.00
  • Adam Bridgland, Darling This Holiday Will Solve All Our Problems, 2020
    Adam Bridgland
    Darling This Holiday Will Solve All Our Problems, 2020
    Embodied Patch
    10 cm
    Limited Edition
    Adam Bridgland, Darling This Holiday Will Solve All Our Problems, 2020
    Sold
  • Adam Bridgland, And Then Summer Comes, 2020
    Adam Bridgland
    And Then Summer Comes, 2020
    2 Colour Screenprint on Somerset Satin 300gsm Paper
    30 x 42
    Edition of 50
    Adam Bridgland, And Then Summer Comes, 2020
    £ 50.00
  • Adam Bridgland, Making Eyes Across The Room (Blue), 2020
    Adam Bridgland
    Making Eyes Across The Room (Blue), 2020
    2 Colour Screenprint on Somerset Tub Sized 410gsm Paper
    28 x 44 cm
    Edition of 50
    Adam Bridgland, Making Eyes Across The Room (Blue), 2020
    £ 30.00
  • Adam Bridgland, Making Eyes Across The Room (green), 2020
    Adam Bridgland
    Making Eyes Across The Room (green), 2020
    2 Colour Screenprint on Somerset Tub Sized 410gsm Paper
    28 x 44 cm
    Edition of 50
    Adam Bridgland, Making Eyes Across The Room (green), 2020
    £ 30.00
  • Adam Bridgland, Making Eyes Across The Room (Orange), 2020
    Adam Bridgland
    Making Eyes Across The Room (Orange), 2020
    2 Colour Screenprint on Somerset Tub Sized 410gsm Paper
    28 x 44 cm
    Edition of 50
    Adam Bridgland, Making Eyes Across The Room (Orange), 2020
    £ 30.00
  • Adam Bridgland, Making Eyes Across The Room (Pink), 2020
    Adam Bridgland
    Making Eyes Across The Room (Pink), 2020
    2 Colour Screenprint on Somerset Tub Sized 410gsm Paper
    28 x 44 cm
    Edition of 50
    Adam Bridgland, Making Eyes Across The Room (Pink), 2020
    £ 30.00
  • Adam Bridgland, Making Eyes Across The Room (Red), 2020
    Adam Bridgland
    Making Eyes Across The Room (Red), 2020
    2 Colour Screenprint on Somerset Tub Sized 410gsm Paper
    28 x 44 cm
    Edition of 50
    Adam Bridgland, Making Eyes Across The Room (Red), 2020
    £ 30.00
  • Adam Bridgland, Making Eyes Across The Room (Yellow), 2020
    Adam Bridgland
    Making Eyes Across The Room (Yellow), 2020
    2 Colour Screenprint on Somerset Tub Sized 410gsm Paper
    28 x 44 cm
    Edition of 50
    Adam Bridgland, Making Eyes Across The Room (Yellow), 2020
    £ 30.00
  • Adam Bridgland, Rubber Rings, 2017
    Adam Bridgland
    Rubber Rings, 2017
    Screen print, enamel and pencil crayon on paper
    50 x 65 cm
    Edition of 25
    Adam Bridgland, Rubber Rings, 2017
    £ 295.00
Installation shots