oil on canvas board
signed, titled and dated 2006 on the reverse
48 ins x 36 ins; 122 cms x 91.4 cms
“As an abstract painter, I have become increasingly interested in the structural language of colour and texture and the dynamic tension set up between the manipulation of a substance to reveal its properties and the external pattern created.”
A fundamental and deep attraction to the ways in which colour, texture and pattern interact on canvas compels Michael Adamson to paint. The interplay between these elements is complex in his work, drawing out intense, primordial emotions in response to his powerful colours and dense compositions. Hoary Green (2006) is an example of Adamson’s trademark colour fields interspersed with dots and blocks of bright pigment. The trio of paintings, Flight Group, Behrens and Fair Games (2000) (lot 30) are intimate gems that, although smaller than the works we are accustomed to seeing, retain Adamson’s signature design elements for which his larger canvases are known.
Michael Adamson graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver in 1997. Since then, his work has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Japan, the United States and across Canada. His paintings have been commissioned by major Canadian companies and can be found in many public, private, and corporate collections including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Bank of Montreal, the Royal Bank of Canada, Holt Renfrew and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Adamson, Michael. Artist Statement. Accesses 28 February, 2015. http://www.sopafinearts.com/artists/Adamson_Michael/adamson-bio.htm
Private Collection, Toronto