Canadian abstract painter Michael Adamson makes a highly anticipated return to London, unveiling a stunning new body of work. 'Northern Vistas' sees the artist consider a variety of topics within one solo exhibition- resulting in a range of sizes, palettes, and techniques.
Adamson is the product of a trifecta of creative institutions- Ryerson University, Toronto (1991) Vancouver's Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design (1993-97), & Universität Kunsthochschule Kassel (1996). Combining his formal training with an early career in video and photography, Adamson emerged with a unique and undeniably enticing painting style. At the centre of his works is the convergence of personal expression and nods to cultural history. Adamson uses his paintings as a kind of shorthand, encompassing a range of the artists responses to observations, ideas and emotions.
Big, bold, canvases are inspired by the Abstract Expressionist works of Hans Hofmann whilst paying homage to the Group of Seven's Tom Thomson, famed for his depiction of the Canadian wilderness. Bright oils arranged in gridded patterns play tribute to a North American landscape parcelled into grids, like great checkerboards across the top half of a continent.
Michael Adamson's popularity is global, spanning from his 'artist's artist' reputation in hometown Toronto to vast representation in galleries and collections throughout Europe, on to Hong Kong. 'Northern Vistas' is a milestone moment in many ways for the vivacious painter, marking his 3rd solo exhibition in London and his approach to 10 years as a Thompson's Gallery artist.
Dive into a new universe with each painting, getting lost in Adamson's dazzling passages of texture and colour- leading to endless discovery.