Norman Adams 1927-2005
T00923 The Whole (The Dream I) 1964
Inscribed ‘NA. 64’ b.r. and ‘The Whole/The Dream (1.)/N Adams 1964’ on back.
Canvas, 34 x 36 (86.4 x 91.4).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1967.
Exh: Roland, Browse and Delbanco, February–March 1966 (48d); R.A., 1967 (967).
The artist wrote (13 April 1968): ‘It is one of a set of six paintings that were inspired by the opening chapters of St John’s Gospel. Ideally the set should not have been broken up as they were conceived as a “whole” – hence the title I hope that one day the six paintings will be hung together – they should hang in this order –
The Dream I
The Dream II
There is no rigid symbolism involved. The images in some of the paintings came directly out of studies made in the Outer-Hebrides, made during the summer of 1964. Studies of islands, rocks, sea and sky. Most of my paintings are the result of a Christian attitude, but I rarely use direct Christian symbolism (or any other kind of symbolism come to that) these days…