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Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Floral Tribute, 1962

Floral Tribute was first shown in the Salford Art Gallery in August 1962 and then later on the same year in Fletching and Nottingham. It was described in the Guardian as a “powerful but sad, even macabre vision of old broken-down coaches in a Dali wilderness” (John Rooks, 1986). It is part of an iconic series of carriage paintings she did and to our knowledge, all except this one are now held in museum collections.

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Adnams, Marion

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Marion Adnams (1898–1995) initially trained as a modern languages teacher. However, after woodcuts she made while travelling in Europe during the 1920s received significant praise when she exhibited them at Derby Art Gallery and with the Derby Women’s Club, she retrained at Derby School of Art, qualifying as an art teacher in 1938 and becoming Head of Art at Derby Training College in 1946 . From the late 1930s onwards, Adnams forged a reputation as a painter of deeply distinctive and dream-like visions inspired by Surrealism and exhibited in local galleries and in London, including at the British Art Centre, alongside Eileen Agar and at the Modern Art Gallery, alongside Jack Bilbo and Max Ernst. Although she never formally joined any Surrealist societies, she was a significant contributor to the movement, particularly regarding the female/male dichotomies within the group which she explored extensively in her work.