Alexander Adams and Portraiture

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Firstly I would like to thank Gareth Whitley for his kind offer of a free visit to Bodelwyddan Castle and also giving me a Quentin Blake poster AND a signed book containing the works of Alexander Adams-who is being exhibited at the castle gallery right now!!! So thank you Gareth!

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Alexander Adams and Portraiture 23 Nov ’13 – 30 March ’14

Bodelwyddan Castle and Park is rounding off the year of special anniversary exhibitions with Alexander Adams: Portraits. The exhibition is showing from 23rd November 2013 to 30th March 2014.

Alexander Adams: Portraits will be the first time that many of the works on show will have been seen in public, making this exhibition a great opportunity for people to see something new by an internationally recognised artist. Originally based in Denbighshire, Alexander studied at Wrexham Art College and now lives in Berlin.

The Alexander Adams: Portraits exhibition includes Martin Bormann’s Skull, a painting that compares a recovered skull thought to be of Bormann, a notorious Nazi official, with a photograph of him while alive, as well as, Girl, based on a picture found in an old Sunday newspaper supplement. The exhibition will also feature his first line portraits and nudes.

Traditionally working from photographs to make his paintings, Alexander has begun to paint straight from his observations of life, improvising more. Alexander says, “The exhibition at Bodelwyddan Castle is an ideal opportunity to look back at my representations of identifiable individuals and faces by displaying works which have never been exhibited before.”

I found the exhibition at the castle very interesting, by the time I had finished looking at his displayed work I felt inspired and had lots of questions to ask, for example- Why did some of the people he had pained have no faces? I came to learn, from Gareth and his oartner, that there were various reason depending on the picture itseld, it may have been that Alexander did not feel the head or face worked for the picture or even that as an artist who copied from photographs, Alexander liked to make his own interpretation on the peron he was painting and exercised the fact the he could change any part he wished to. I liked the fact that I wanted to ask questions after seeing the exhibitions, the want to knw more, I also like the bold black and white to some of the paintings, it m ade them feel strong and kind of powerful.

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And the visit is still not over!!! Check out the next post!!!

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