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Robert Adams

(1917—1984) sculptor and designer


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British sculptor, born in Northampton. He studied (mainly part-time) at Northampton School of Art, 1933–44, whilst working at various jobs including engineering and printing. After the Second World War he moved to London, where he taught at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, 1949–60. His mature work was completely abstract and he was regarded as one of the leading British exponents of Constructivism, alongside Anthony Hill, Kenneth and Mary Martin, and Victor Pasmore. Adams worked in stone and wood and from about 1955 also in metal and concrete. His most characteristic works were reliefs, but he also made free-standing pieces featuring metal blocks interspersed with rods. Among his major commissions were a large concrete relief for the Municipal Theatre, Gelsenkirchen, Germany (1959), and reliefs for the liners Canberra and Transvaal Castle (1961). From about 1970 he worked mainly in bronze.

From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.

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