Rediscovering Art by Women

Rediscovering Art by Women


1898 – 1995


Harvest Moon and a Goblin


Signed and Dated, oil on panel

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marion adnams

Adnams, Marion

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.

Artworks by the same Artist

A Candle of Understanding in Thine Heart Marion Adnams
A Candle of Understanding in Thine Heart
Marion Adnams - Medusa Grown Old
Medusa Grown Old