Having studied at Salford University, I am proud to announce my university is playing host to one of South Africa's most talented expressionist artists: Albert Adams, They have won 70 pieces of his art work (attributed after his death), some of which is on loan at Oldham Gallery.
Initially banned from working in his homeland of South Africa due to his mixed heritage, Albert Adams went on to become one of the country's most respected painters, known for his distorted figures and expressionist style.
It's clear why Adams became such a revered figure: his art work is contemporary, and was ahead of its time in many ways. During 2002 at the Iziko South African National Gallery Adams' work has being exhibited, including the Celebration series on the Cape Town carnival, which the Kaapse Klopse. Instead of portraits of the celebration, Adams' works were rather terrifying: blurred eyes looked back, along with a somewhat riled expressions.
Adams works was concerned with political change and the danger associated with post-apartheid. His work continues to provoke and inspire, even in our modern times.
If you've yet to visit Oldham Gallery, I suggest you pop in; it's achingly-cool, yet family friendly, with plenty of benches strategically placed around the rooms in the gallery, for more comfortable viewing.