Crawfurd Adamson graduated from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee in 1976. During the course of his degree, he had won the Scottish Education Department's Travelling Scholarship. He won another scholarship immediately after this graduation. In 1977, he was granted a scholarship to work in France by the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Canada. Having exhibited with street art specialists, the Signal Gallery, as well as having an audience within the nightclub scene in London, he has transcended his original Scottish colourist roots in terms or market, and found favour with a younger audience. He won both the Schmincke Pastel prize from the Pastel Society in 2012, as well as first prize within the non-member category, and continues to exhibit internationally.