Norman Adams

Norman Adams, RA (1927-2005)

was a well-known painter, muralist, stage designer and teacher. He was born in London and studied at Harrow School of Art 1940-46 and at the Royal College of Art 1948-51. He had his first solo show at Gimpel Fils 1952 and later shows included Roland Browse & Delbanco, Beaux Arts Gallery, and The Fine Art Society. Norman Adams showed at the Royal Academy from 1956 and was elected a Royal Academician 1972. In 1986 he was elected Keeper of the Royal Academy and upon retiring from this post in 1995 he was appointed the Academy’s Professor of Painting Emeritus. A retrospective of the artist’s work was held in the Diploma Galleries of the Royal Academy 1988. He painted extensively in the Hebrides in the 1970s, and later in northern Spain and the south of France, especially Provence. His work is held in many public collections including Tate Gallery, Arts Council Collection, Bradford Museums & Galleries, Edinburgh Museum of Modern Art, Leeds City Art Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery and The Hepworth Wakefield. The artist lived Horton-in-Ribblesdale near Settle and in west London.

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