Circle Art Auction 2017, Lot 21 Michael Adams

Michael Adams MBE (Seychellois/British, born 1937)
Karamoja, 1964
Signed ‘signature 1964’ (below right)
Edition A/P etching
12 x 56 cm

Ksh 90,000-120,000
(US$ 840-1,120)
Sold Ksh 111,530

Provenance: private collection of Geraldine Robarts

Michael Adams was born in Malaysia but educated in England, where he studied Painting and Engraving at the Royal College of Art, London. On graduating he moved to Uganda where he became head of the Graphic Department at Makerere University, Kampala. During this time he began working as a professional artist. He exhibited widely across East Africa until 1972, when he moved to the Seychelles, where he still lives and works. Adams has become well known for his vibrantly coloured silkscreen prints of the lush Seychellois vegetation, and in 2001 was awarded an MBE for his services to art in the Seychelles.

This very early etching dates from the time he was teaching at Makerere University and is a rare and unusual example of Adams’ early work.