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Crawfurd Adamson

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Past Shows at Broderick Gallery:

November 2001
November 2002
November 2003
November 2004


Crawfurd Adamson studied drawing and painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee from 1971-76. After receiving a post-graduate commendation, he won an international scholarship to continue his studies for a further year in the south of France.
As well as eighteen solo exhibitions in London, Edinburgh, Hong Kong and the USA, his work has been exhibited in Madrid, Paris, Monte-Carlo, Japan, UK, and the USA. His work is included in many collections around the world, both corporate and private, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

He has been featured in publications including Art Review,  Art Line,  The Week,  The Guardian,  The Daily Telegraph,  The Independent, The Scotsman, South China Morning Post  and  DeBrett`s "People of  Today",


 " The human figure has always fascinated me. The subtle change of pose, balance or significant gesture can give a potent impression of their physical presence and mood as well as their relationship with themselves or to their surroundings. The years spent at Dundee art college were highly stimulating for me, due to the importance placed on drawing and painting the human form from life.

During my scholarship in France and on the many subsequent visits there, and to the north west of Scotland, I became more involved in landscape and the fleeting effects of light, but never quite derived total satisfaction from this on its own. Paintings started to evolve that treated the figure as an organic landscape element, often within landscapes. The figures became related to water or to rocks, retaining their identity through an uncompromisingly objective approach to drawing where this was required. Observations of human behaviour and inter-reaction in social settings started to assume a greater role in the paintings and offered scope to treat the group scenes in a less literal way, using stronger, often unexpected colours and creating an overall composition that is more organic than architectural.

Images, sketches and studies from many sources are stored away and laid aside until they fit together in a new form that can be placed onto the canvas. Although my observations of life serve as a catalyst for the work that ensues, it is the search for ways of using colour to create form, that drives me forward to paint. That, and a great love of drawing."

Crawfurd Adamson 2002




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