Norman Adams R.A. (1927-2005)
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Moorland - Wind & Shadows. by Norman Adams
Moorland - Wind & Shadows.. 1959 Sold


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. He won a commission for a ceramic relief of the Stations of the Cross for Roman Catholic church Our Lady of Lourdes. From 1962-70 Adams was head of the painting school for Manchester College of Art; he was professor of fine art at Newcastle University, 1981-6; then the professor of painting and keeper at Royal Academy, 1986-95, being elected RA in 1972.
Tate Gallery holds his work.