Published to coincide with the exhibition Albert Adams - an invincible spirit, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, 2019.
Albert Adams (1929-2006) was born in Johannesburg and at the age of four moved to Cape Town with his mother and sister. Denied entrance to the Michaelis School of Fine Art because of the colour of his skin, he applied for and was awarded a scholarship to study at the Slade School of Art in London (1953-1956). Thereafter he studied at the Munich Academy of Arts and attended master classes at Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Vision in Salzburg. On his return to Cape Town he exhibited widely and was chosen to represent South Africa in international exhibitions but in 1960 he left South Africa to permanently settle in London. He taught at schools in the East End until 1979 when he was appointed to the staff of the City University, where he lectured in art history for 18 years.
Elza Miles is the author of Lifeline out of Africa – the art of Ernest Mancoba (winner of the Recht Malan Prize and the Old Mutual Literary Award); Land and Lives – the story of early African artists; The World of Jean Welz; Nomfanekiso who paints at night – the art of Gladys Mgudlandlu and Polly Street – the story of an Art Centre.