Jonathan Adams' Studio

About Jonathan Adams

Born 1953, Adams has been copying oil paintings since he was 15.

Initially he was presented with rudimentary equipment - some tired old brushes and tubes of paint and a piece of hardboard prepared with domestic primer. He immediately attempted a still life detail from a Caravaggio (now fortunately lost). A case, one could say, of trying to run before you can walk.

A law degree followed; he then returned to fine art, dealing in 19th and 20th century paintings. Thereafter, he embarked on an intensive, hands-on, easel painting restoration course, gaining a diploma at credit level. Part of this course was the copying of old masters; several hours per week were also devoted to honing drawing skills.

Adams became a professional copyist and restorer in 1984. He has exhibited his own work at the Royal Academy Summer Show, the Royal Cambrian Academy and numerous galleries throughout the Midlands and Wales. He has copied and restored paintings from collections throughout the British Isles.

He has about 500 books on the life and works of painters from the 16th century to the present day, as well as dozens of sales catalogues and technical abstracts.

The studio is a schoolroom attached to a converted Methodist Chapel outside Ludlow. It has good northern light and ample space for a number of large easels and a vacuum table used to reline paintings during the restoration process.