Norman Adams RA 1927-2005

1940-1946 Attended Harrow School of Art.
1947 Married (the artist and poet) Anna Adams (nee Butt) (1926-2011)
1946 As a conscientious objector, he was sentenced to six months imprisonment at Wormwood Scrubs
1948-1951 Attended the Royal College of Art.
1950 Exhibited at the Young Contemporaries exhibition, RBA Galleries
1952 Solo exhibition at Gimpel Fils, London.
1953 Designed the stage set and costumes for 'A Mirror of Witches' produced by the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden.
1953/55/57 Solo exhibitions at Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London
1954 Mural commission at Broad Lane Comprehensive School, Coventry
1954 - 1955 British Council Touring Exhibition – Canada, USA, New Zealand, China
1955 Designed the stage set for Sadler’s Wells production of Saudades at Covent Garden.
1955 Moved to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Yorkshire
1956 Solo exhibition at York City Art Gallery
1959/63/65 Solo exhibition at Cartwright Hall, Bradford Museums & Art Gallery
1962-1970 Head of Painting at Manchester College of Art.
1967 Elected ARA.
1967 Commissioned by the Oxford University Press to illustrate parts of the Old Testament.
1969 Retrospective at the Gulbenkian Galleries, Royal College of Art
1970 Solo exhibition at Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh
1971 Murals for St Anselm’s Church, Kennington, London.
1972 Elected an RA.
1973-1976 Visiting tutor at Leeds University.
1974 British Painting ’74, Hayward Gallery, London
1975 Stations of the Cross for the Church of Our Lady, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes.
1981-1986 Professor of Painting at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
1986-1995 Elected Keeper of the Royal Academy.
1987 Elected Honorary Member of the Royal Watercolor Society.
1988 Retrospective held in the Diploma Galleries at the Royal Academy
1995 Fourteen Stations of the Cross, this time in oils, for St Mary’s Church, Mulberry Street, Manchester.
1995 Appointed the Academy’s Professor of Painting.
1995 Exhibited at the Sackler Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1996/97/98 Exhibited with Beaux Arts Gallery (London and Bath)
2002 75th birthday exhibition of his work in the Friends’ Room at the Royal Academy.
2003 Drawing Prize at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
2004 Winsor & Newton Turner Prize for watercolour, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
2004 Solo exhibition at the Fine Art Society, London
2005 Died on 9th March.

His paintings and drawings feature in collections of many institutions - These include the Royal Academy of Arts, the York Museums Trust, the Tate Gallery (London), the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Edinburgh), the Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), Manchester Art Gallery and Leeds City Art Gallery

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