Arthur Adamson: A Celebration is a retrospective of renowned Manitoba artist Arthur Adamson’s stunning visual art. The book features artist’s images as photographed by Ernest Mayer, resident photographer at the Winnipeg Art Gallery; a comprehensive look at Adamson’s visual artistic position by Pat Bovey, Past Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; an introduction by George Amabile, past Writer-in-Residence at the Winnipeg Public Library; and, Adamson’s artist statement.
In her essay on Adamson’s art, Bovey looks at the variety of media in which he works–painting, printmaking, drawing, and watercolour. She addresses the major themes that dominate and recur through all this work, including Jacob and the Angel, Lazarus, the landscape, and the Expulsion from the Garden. She examines how the artist explores these themes in each of the media, their relationships and evolution through his use of colour, line, and texture. Further, she explores the source for his inspiration and the links between his visual interest in these themes and his work as an English scholar and art critic.
About the Author
Arthur Adamson was born in Winnipeg. He joined the army at 18 and was sent overseas at the end of World War II. After receiving his first degree from the University of Manitoba, Adamson went abroad to teach and study before returning home to teach high school. After receiving his PhD in French literature from the University of Wisconsin, Adamson went on to teach English and Creative Writing at the University of Manitoba for many years. During these years he began to work as an artist and writer, and he published three collections of poetry, each illustrated with his own woodcuts. Adamson made invaluable contributions to the educational and cultural community in Manitoba as a scholar, a dedicated teacher, a poet, and an artist. He died in 2019.