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Adam Hennessey is originally from East Sussex and he currently lives and works in London. He studied on the Turps Banana Painting Programme where he won the Darbyshire Emerging Art Prize in 2015. He has been selected for the Creekside Open, Oriel Davies Open, ING Discerning Eye and most recently received Highly Commended in the Contemporary British Painting Prize in 2019. His work is included in the Groucho Collection.



I make short autobiographical comics about impactful moments in my life. These stories often focus on the awkward or humorous, such as going speed dating, getting an STI or visiting the doctor about a mysterious blemish. This dialogue with my personal life is the basis for the paintings I then create in the studio. In my latest exhibition called Adam & Steve I explore growing up as a gay teenager in the 1990’s.


Turps Banana Painting Programme 2014 - 2015

BA(Hons) Fine Art Painting University of Brighton

Solo Shows:

2021: Adam and Steve, New Art Projects, London

2019: Blemish and Beyond, New Art Projects, London

2018: Pigeon to Dove, New Art Projects, London

2017: SMILE, New Art Projects, London

2015: Darbyshire Prize for Emerging Art, Darbyshire Framers, London

Group Shows:

2022: We Were Made in the Dark, ASC Gallery, London

2022: Blink Room Share 3, Safehouse 1, London

2022: Things I Like I Lick, The Terrace Gallery, London

2021: Matthew Burrows Selects, Studio 1 gallery, London

2021: A Generous Space, Hastings Contemporary, Hastings

2019: The Ridiculous, Elephant West, London

2019: CBP prize, Huddersfield Art Gallery

2019: Humdrum, Dulwich College, London

2019: Pizza, Pasta & Poker, UCS, London

2018: Beep Painting Biennial, Swansea College of Art, Wales

2018: Turps Cloud, Turps Gallery, London

2017: ING Discerning Art prize, Mall galleries, London

2017: Sluice Biennial, PIY Paint, London

2017: Painting Now, Studio One gallery, London

2016: Turps Summer Mix, Turps Gallery, London

2016: Summer Salon, Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes, London

2016: Shuffle, Herrick Gallery, London

2016: Oriel Davies Open, Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales

2015: Creekside Open: selected by Lisa Milroy, APT Gallery, London


2019: Commended, Moth Art Prize

2019: 2nd prize(Highly commended), CBP prize

2015: Darbyshire prize for Emerging Art, Darbyshire framers, London


2017: Bon Volks, Margate

2017: Pierre Poumet Gallery, Bordeaux

Art Fairs:

2018: London Art Fair, New Art Projects


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