Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Adrian Margey. I’m a visual artist working from my gallery and studio space in Portrush. I use a combination of finger painting techniques and brushwork as well as palette knife to create contemporary and traditional depictions of landscape, iconic local landmarks and musical traditions. I stage a number of large solo exhibitions across the country each year and work on commissions for private collectors and corporate clients
Have you always worked as an artist?
I gave up my day job in Corporate Communications over ten years ago now to focus on my art. Since then I have also completed a PhD from Queen’s University where I explored the concept of entrepreneurship within the creative industries.
What are your influences?
I am probably best known for my contemporary pieces which are highly coloured. This facet of my work is influenced by the Fauves and the indigenous artists of South America. I enjoy using bold colour, strong shapes and expressive texture to bring a fresh perspective to familiar places and cultural traditions. In my more traditional work I have taken inspiration from the Irish impressionists and take great satisfaction from conjuring up moods and a sense of movement in my work.
What inspires you?
I am primarily inspired by our country’s stunning landscape – particularly that of the North Coast where I now live and work. From striking headlands, deserted beaches and lively harbours to intriguing ruins, mountains and woodlands…the North Coast has just about everything a painter could wish for! I lived in Belfast for ten years and am still very much drawn to cityscape and the built environment as themes.
Where people can find your art?
A good selection of my original pieces and limited edition prints are available from my studio and gallery ‘Margey & Bjöurson Art’ at the junction of Mark Street and Main Street Portrush. The gallery is open to the public on Saturdays all year, this is extended to Friday – Sunday during the summer season. I share the space with my wife, fellow artist Evana Bjourson.
My next solo exhibitions run at the Slieve Donard Resort Newcastle Friday 23rd – Monday 26th August and the Culloden Estate & Spa: Thursday 31st October – Sunday 3rd November.