Early on Adrian was influenced by the political art from the Mexican muralists, the American realist painters such as George Bellows, and contemporary artists like the South African, William Kentridge. Similarly, Adrian sees art as a powerful medium for addressing social justice. For the past 10 years, Adrian has sought to counteract the dehumanization of immigrants and refugees that has been propagated in the media. His portraits of immigrants combine traditional realism and expressive mark-making to create an emotional experience. Often their gaze is directed towards the viewer. Learners will explore themes of social justice and contemporary figurative art.