Fio Adamson



Fio is a feminist artist who studied art after a career in equalities in the voluntary sector, and as a parent and carer.




Art Qualifications


2004                Croydon College: BTEC Art Foundation course

2009                University of the Arts, London, Central Saint Martins College BA Fine Art





May 2008            Uncommon Ground                           at Islington Arts Factory    
June 2009 Degree Show at Central Saint Martins
June 2010 Dislocation  at Sprout Arts, Furzedown, London (solo)
June 2011 Birthmarks at Sprout Arts, Furzedown, London (solo)
Jan/Feb 2012 Survive Artists Connect Occupancy at Islington Arts Factory
May/June 2012 100 Artists 100 Meters at Espacio Gallery
July 2012 Move at Sprout Arts, Furzedown, London 
January 2013 Fragments at Espacio Gallery
February 2013 A Fine Line at Lumen Gallery,Kings Cross,London
February 2013 A View from Here at Espacio Gallery
August 2013 Summer Salon at Islington Arts Factory
October 2013 Wandsworth Artists Open House (solo)
February 2014 Faites vos Jeux at Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch
April 2014 Material Matters at Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch

June to August 2014 

Summer Exhibition

at Putney Arts Theatre

October 2014 Wandsworth Artists Open House
March 2015 FGM at Red Gallery, Shoreditch
June to August 2015

Summer Exhibition

at Putney Arts Theatre

January 2016 Homunculus at Asylum Gallery, Peckham


Artist’s Statement

I love the quirky and the random. I go around the world experiencing the harmony and shock of combinations and contrasts: of forms and materials, of scale; of made by nature and made by humans. Nature is important, swimming in cold water is vital. Visual and full body experiences are translated into predominantly 3D pieces.

So there is passion in my work. I work individually or with others in my local community. I sculpt wood and layer tissue paper; I draw with thick graphite sticks, and smudge and erase, or I knit fine wires; I stitch metallic threads into sheets of polythene; I use found and recycled objects and materials, or bones, or bolts. Sometimes I collage. I take photographs.

As far as possible I emulate contrasts of scale. I admire Gabriel Orozco’s Dark Leviathan (a whole whale skeleton drawn all over with black circles) and his Mixiotes (a flight of dried cactus leaves, rubber balls and fine polythene); I love the quirky vitrines of Rebecca Warren, her angular sheets of hard metal, her random little fluffy pompoms, as much as the contrasts with her large lumpy clay people.

My own work has become predominantly playful.  It draws on my personal experience as a girl and a woman and, like so many women, my life has been unexpectedly challenging. For many years I focused on the tragic elements, and memory and loss are still the starting point.  However I now find myself taking it down a lighter route. Enjoy!