James Newton Adams (b. 1971) is best known for his faux naïve paintings and steel sculpture, inspired by the peoples, animals and landscape of the Isle of Skye where he lives and works.

Adams’ work builds on great artists which preceded him – John Bellany, L.S. Lowry, Alfred Wallace and Lynn Chadwick – drawing inspiration from them while pursuing his own distinctive work.


“The acrylic paintings of James Newton Adams are naively drawn, often humorous and insightful observations of humanity. The artist’s use of stark black and white with expressionistic accents of colour captures everyday life with refreshing economy and joie de vivre.” Georgina Coburn, arts writer


James Newton Adams was born in London where he studied sculpture before moving to the Highlands in 2004.