Sarah Adams was born in England in 1962, and grew up in Berkshire before moving to the Channel Isles in 1974. Her connection with Cornwall began in 1980, when she enrolled on the Foundation Course at Falmouth School of Art. She went on to study at Cheltenham and the Royal College of Art, and has lived and painted in London, South India and Jersey.
Landscapes have been central to Adams' work for more than twenty years, and after moving back to Cornwall in 2005 her focus shifted to the cliffs and rock formations of the north coast. Since 2007, Sarah Adams has exhibited her work at The Maas Gallery.
Cat. 18. Sunlight at Diggory's, oil on linen, 60 x 140 cm.
Sarah Adams will be exhibiting a new suite of coastal paintings at The Maas Gallery this November, her first for two years.
The show is centred on the extraordinary variety of hues in the rocks along the Atlantic edge of North Cornwall. Adams is well-known for capturing the scale and romance of sea caves and natural arches, but this will be the first time she has presented a collection of works with colour as the cohesive theme.
Sarah said: “I've often walked the stretch of cliffs backing Watergate Bay, winding their way through Tregurrian to Whipsiderry, and made a mental note to return. This series sees the realisation of that long-held intention. The cliffs tower over a series of coves and outcrops, and the cries of oystercatchers and fulmar echo around them. There are rock pools scoured into perfect bowls, numerous stacks and arches, some candy-stripped, some covered with corals and algae.”
Adams' sixth solo Mayfair show marks a decade of collaborations with The Maas Gallery, during which time she has gathered a large and loyal group of British and international collectors.
Twenty new works will be presented.
Above: Sarah Adams at The Maas Gallery, 2014
SARAH ADAMS IN THE NEWS:
Manor Magazine, 'Cliffhanger' (Issue 14, Autumn 2016), p. 58-61
BBC Countryfile Magazine, 'The Modern Cave Painter'(Issue 117, October 2016), pp. 58-62:
Landscape Magazine, 'Flowing Layers of Drama' (September/October 2016), p. 100-107
FT Weekend Magazine, 'First Person: Sarah Adams (23/24 July 2016), p. 8