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October / November 2004

Crawfurd Adamson

Opening reception  -  Wednesday, October 27th   5 - 8 pm. 
Gallery hours are Tuesday through
Saturday, 11-6 and by appointment.


Scotsman, Crawfurd Adamson returns for a solo show at Broderick Gallery. The exhibit will mark the fifth time Broderick has shown Adamson, who lives and paints full time in St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, England. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he studied at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee.


Looking Back

oil on canvas
60" x 54"


Recognized for both his passion of drawing and his wonderful use of color, Adamsons current body of work may be described as observations of contemporary life. Adamsons paintings and drawings are primarily concerned with human figures and interaction between people, though he has included several new landscapes done in his unique style. His vivid colors and abstract patterns allow the viewers gaze to flow over the canvas, taking in the emotional strength of the content, color and composition.

"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, said Adamson. 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.


Standing Woman II

oil on canvas
30" x 20"


Adamson is represented by galleries in the U.K., Hong Kong and the Broderick Gallery in Portland, Oregon. In addition to 18 solo exhibitions in London, Edinburgh, Hong Kong and the U.S., his work has been exhibited in Madrid, Paris, Monte-Carlo, and Japan. Adamsons work is included in many collections around the world, both corporate and private, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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




Confrontations and Conversations

oil on canvas
72" x 84"

Underlining Adamsons work is a passion for drawing the human figure in particular. He has studied the body in a wide variety of poses, and from all different aspects. He works in charcoal, and shows a mastery of pastel which he uses in a highly painterly fashion. In his paintings he brushes in the outline of the figure before building up the flesh with pigment. And, throughout much of what he does, there is a tendency to exaggerate features (hands for example) for the sake of gesture. A Mannerist and theatrical treatment of limbs helps in creating a narrative, and is essential to his handling of body language."

Geoffrey Bertram, ArtFirst Gallery, London







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