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In the Beginning
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: The Cheltenham Trust and Cheltenham Borough Council

In the Beginning 1952

Norman Adams (1927–2005)

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Painter, stage and costume designer, mural and ceramics artist and teacher, born in London. He studied at Harrow School of Art, 1940–6, then Royal College of Art, 1948–51. Had first solo show at Gimpel Fils in 1952, later ones including North House Gallery, Manningtree, 2001, and Sailing to Byzantium, works on paper, Fine Art Society, 2004. Adams made an early name as a stage designer, in 1951 handling the Royal Ballet’s A Mirror of Witches at Covent Garden, in 1953 the Sadler’s Wells production Saudades. Murals were also a strong theme. In 1969 he gained an Abbey Major Award for the study of mural painting. He won a commission for a ceramic relief of the Stations of the Cross for the Roman Catholic church Our Lady of Lourdes, in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire in 1975–6.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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