You can be forgiven for not recognising today’s artist for until I acquired one of his works, I also had not heard of him. Great fame did not come to this artist but #JamesAdley (1931- 2015) was respected and admired. Born in south London, to working parents, Jim began his working life as an accountant. He enlisted undertaking his national service and in 1963 enrolled in the Chelsea School of Art. After graduating, he took a master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied under #ClyffordStill. A teaching post was granted to him at Penn State but he soon moved to teach at Michigan State. He remain for 30 years and was a much beloved professor.
The grand scale and subtle colouring of his paintings made photographing them very difficult. This severely hampered his ability to promote himself and his works and even now many of his works are stored in a house basement hoping to find a place where they displayed.