Norman Adams

The Yorkshire Dales and Hebrides

1 June - 7 August 2010

adams-butts-small.jpgAn exhibition of watercolour landscape paintings by the late Norman Adams (1927-2005), focusing on his paintings of the Yorkshire Dales and the Island of Scarp in the Outer Hebrides. 

Born in 1927 in Walthamstow, Norman Adams studied at the Royal College of Art from 1948 until 1951. He had his first solo exhibition in 1952 at Gimpel Fils Gallery, London. He was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1967, and a full Royal Academician in 1972. 

Adams was Head of Painting at Manchester College of Art between 1962 and 1970, and later worked as a Visiting Tutor of Art at Leeds University (1973-76). In 1981 he took up the post of Professor of Painting at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne; a position which he held for five years. In 1986 he was elected Keeper of the Royal Academy. He was appointed the Academy’s Professor of Painting Emeritus in1995. 

In 1956 Norman and his wife Anna travelled to the Yorkshire Dales. They fell in love with the landscape and bought a small cottage in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. This cottage was to become their main residence and Norman’s studio for most of his working life.

For the first few years Norman taught in London during the winters, and spent the summers painting in Yorkshire. During these summers Norman would leave home early and walk up onto the moors. He would spend long days painting, and return in the evening. At the end of the summer of 1958 he referred to his summer in Yorkshire as being 'like a happy childhood'.


Clouds Over Ingleborough <span class=Sold>SOLD</span>
Clouds Over Ingleborough SOLD
Norman Adams. Watercolour. 50cm x 30cm.
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Haze (Available, £900)
Moorland Study (Available £700)
Norman  Adams Stormy Sky detail
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Ribblesdale (Available £700)
Ribblesdale SOLD
Sun Breaking Through <span classSold>SOLD</span>
Sunset through Leaves <span classsold>SOLD</span>
Wet Light SOLD
Yellow Fields (Available £900)