Michael Adamson's practice traces the boundaries and explores the borderlands between representation and expression. His paintings present the material in a raw and visceral form- the oil heaped upon canvas, with line and depth employed to convey a sense of place. High culture in the New World were informed by a running narrative of painting, influenced equally by Monet and Riopelle, by Turner and Tom Thompson. The term 'School of the Great Lakes' was coined by a New York art critic noticing an affinity in the clumps of paint and dashes of perspective being laid down by a number of painters including Adamson, Bradford and Doig. Drawing ideas and references from the vast expanses of painting's history, one can see vocabulary and perhaps even a dialect, despite the social diversity, in Adamson's paintings. There is a unified culture which blooms from the practice of painting: this series explores aspects of that culture.
The School of Great Lakes will run from 5th-10th September 2018.
For more information or details of abstract paintings, contact Thompson's Gallery London