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Clinton Adams

 (1918 - 2002)
Clinton Adams was active/lived in California, New Mexico.  Clinton Adams is known for lithograph-modernist-leaning landscape-still life.

Clinton Adams

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Clinton Adams received a Masters degree in 1942 and by 1946, was teaching art at the University of California (Los Angeles).  He exhibited watercolors in the annual exhibitions of the California Water Color Society and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Although his watercolors produced in the 1940s and 1950s are works that received awards and notoriety, Adams is best known for his work in the field of lithography.  In the early 1960s, he was the Associate Director of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles.

After 1970, he became the Director of the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque. New Mexico. This institution was set up to train master printers and give artists the opportunity to explore this medium. Adams remains a key figure in this project.  He is an acknowledged authority on the subject of lithography and authored the publication American Lithographers, 1900-1960 - The Artists and Their Printers.

Biographical information:
Who's Who in American Art
American Lithographers, 1900-1960
Tobey C. Moss Gallery, 1994.

Biography courtesy of California Watercolors 1850-1970,
©2002 Hillcrest Press, Inc.

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A lithographer, painter, and writer of books about printmaking, Clinton Adams is known for his clean, abstracted architectural forms.

He was born in Glendale, California and earned Bachelor of Education and Masters degrees from the University of California in Los Angeles. He has held the following positions: Professor of Art at the University of California, Los Angeles, 1946 to 1954; Chairman of the Art Department, 1954 to 1957, at the University of Kentucky; Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, 1961 to 1976; Director of the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, 1970 to 1985; and from 1974 to 1990, editor of the Tamarind Papers.

He began his career with his primary focus upon painting but was introduced to lithography by Lynton Kistler. Adams then went on to co-found and direct the Tamarind Lithography workshop in Los Angeles and later New Mexico.

"Southwest Art", November 1999
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

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Born in Glendale, CA on Dec. 11, 1918. Adams studied at UCLA with George J. Cox, Helen Chandler, and Annita Delano. He was active in the Los Angeles art scene from the late 1930s and taught at UCLA from 1946 to 1954. He then headed the art department at the Universities of Kentucky and Florida. During his early career he produced lithographs and paintings of still lifes and landscapes; his later works are mostly abstractions. After moving to Albuquerque, NM in 1961, he remained there until his demise on May 13, 2002. Member: Calif. WC Society; NA. Exh: American Gallery (LA), 1940; City Hall (LA), 1951. In: AIC; Grunwald Graphics Center (UCLA); Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena); MOMA; Albuquerque Museum; LACMA.

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Interview with the artist or his/her family; Who's Who in American Art 1953-70.

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About  Clinton Adams

Born:  1918 - Glendale, California
Died:   2002 - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Known for:  lithograph-modernist-leaning landscape-still life