“I am concerned with energy, a physical property inherent in metal, [and] in contrasts between linear forces and masses, between solid and open areas … the aim is stability and movement in one form.”

(R. Adams, 1966, quoted in A. Grieve, 1992, pp. 109-111)


Robert Adams was born in Northampton, England, in October 1917. He has been called “the neglected genius of post-war British sculpture” by critics.


In 1937, Adams began attending evening classes in life drawing and painting at the Northampton School of Art. Some of Adam’s first-ever sculptures were also exhibited in London between 1942 and 1944 as part of a series of art shows for artists working in the Civil Defence, which Adams joined during the Second World War.