78 MICHAEL ADAMSON A MARINER BORN
oil on eight attached canvases signed, titled and dated 2000 on the reverse overall 66 ins x 72 ins; 167.6 cms x 182.9 cms
Private Collection, Toronto
A painter devoted to the pursuit of pure beauty, Michael Adamson’s (b.1971) practice is rooted in the past: “I’m interested in older painting,’ he says, ‘my palette and composition were really informed by religious painting from the 16th and 17th centuries. There is a full spectrum in the renaissance… The fullness of the pallet reflects not just art history, or following guidelines, but some kind of living experience.” Frequently taking the grid as a starting point, Adamson’s lyrical abstractions probe the expressive possibilities of the language of painting through interplays of colour, texture, and structure. In A Mariner Born, an underlying red field serves as a backdrop for wide blocks of bold colour which jostle for position, skirting the line between abstraction and landscape. The composition is sustained by dots and buttons of bright pigment, which seem to pin the blocks of colour in place.
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MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018