Art Auction East Africa 2022 Lot 37 Michael Adams MBE

Michael Adams MBE (Seychellois/British, born 1937)
Ton Ton’s House, 1974
Signed ‘Signature 1974’ (lower left)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
78.5 x 57.6 cm
Ksh 150,000 – 300,000
(US$) 1,300 – 2,600
Provenance: acquired by the current owner from the artist at his exhibition at the Panafric Hotel circa 1974-75
Sold Ksh 610,480

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 and was appointed the official artist of the Seychelles.

This work on paper is part of a private collection acquired by the owner from the artist between 1966 – 1975.