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Albert Adams

South African 1929-2006 

Albert Adams excelled at school in Cape Town and his artistic abilities were encouraged and supported by his teachers and family. He was denied access to Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town, which was reserved for white students only, so he trained as a teacher and attended part-time art classes at St Peter’s school in District Six, with his high-school friend Peter Clarke. Adams was active in anti-apartheid student politics until he went to study at the Slade School of Fine Art in London from 1953. After winning a Bavarian State scholarship he went to Germany to study at the University of Munich in Germany and attended summer master classes with Oskar Kokoschka in Salzburg, Austria. One of his most significant works is the triptych South Africa, 1959, now in the Johannesburg Art Gallery, which is sometimes likened to Picasso’s Guernica in its depiction of the horrors of violence and oppression. Adams settled in London after the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960 and in 1979 was appointed to the staff of the City University, London, where he taught for eighteen years.

6 lots offered      66.67% sold      ZAR 385 209

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Albert Adams; Portrait of a Man, two
28 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 14 070
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Albert Adams; Self Portrait
28 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 6 449
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Albert Adams; Masked Face
28 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 4 690
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Albert Adams; Trapeze
6 Jul 2020
Albert Adams; The Traveller
25 Nov 2019
Albert Adams; Red Figure
11 Nov 2019
Sold for ZAR 360 000
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

Results in green indicate post sales.

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