Robert Adams 1917-1984
An English artist, primarily a sculptor, Robert Adams studied at Northampton School of Art from 1933 to 1944. His first one-man show of sculpture was held in 1947 at Gimpel Fils Gallery, London. His early sculpture showed influences of Henry Moore and in the spirit of Moore’s ‘truth to material’ credo, Adams showed particular sensitivity to the grain and structure of wood, just as he would in the way he exploited the natural properties of the metal forms he used in later works.
Following the Gimpel show he visited Paris, becoming interested in Brancusi and Julio Gonzalez whose influences led to a greater simplicity of form in his work. In 1950 he received a Rockefeller award from the institute of International Education to visit the USA. Adams was then also included in the infamous 1952 British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, which led to further international acclaim as he toured with the British Council.
Robert Adams encountered Victor Pasmore and the London Group of artists which included Adrian Heath, Anthony Hill, Kenneth Martin and Mary Martin as a result of his teaching post at the Central School of Art & Design in London in 1949. He held this post until 1960 and between 1951-56, exhibited with these artists. Hence he was included in Osborne Samuel’s highly acclaimed Constructivist exhibition Towards a Rational Aesthetic which was held in November 2007. ... read more