Landscape: Paintings by Norman Adams, Adrian Berg, John Hubbard and Edward Middleditch

Serpentine Gallery 10 Nov — 9 Dec 1973 Free

This exhibition brought together four artists who demonstrated a lasting attachment to landscape as a subject.

Norman Adams (1927-2005) was known both for his landscape paintings and religious subjects. With the countryside of Yorkshire, Ireland, and the Outer Hebrides providing inspiration, he was also influenced by time spent in Provence. In addition to his studio practice, Adams was also a prominent teacher, culminating in his role as Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy Schools from 1995-2000.

Adrian Berg (1929-2011) was a London-born painter who trained at St. Martins, Chelsea, and the Royal College of Art. He later became a senior tutor and honorary fellow at the RCA. A solo exhibition of Berg’s colourful landscapes was staged by the Serpentine Gallery in 1986.

American-born, Dorset-based painter John Hubbard (b.1931) devoted much of his practice in the early 1970s to the Atlas mountains of Morocco.

Essex-born, Royal College of Art-trained John Middleditch (1923-87) was associated with realist painters of the 1950s, and it was at this time that he began teaching at art schools including St. Martins and Chelsea School of Art. By the mid-1960s, he was Head of the Fine Art department at Norwich School of Art, and by the early 1970s, he was elected a member of the Royal Academy. In the 1980s, he was appointed Keeper of the Royal Academy, in charge of the Schools. In 1988, the Serpentine Gallery staged a retrospective exhibition of his work following his death the year previously.

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