Albert Adams spent most of his adult life in England, having grown up under South African Apartheid rule, which was the initial inspiration for his paintings and prints reflecting themes of suffering and injustice. He was born in Johannesburg in 1929. His father was Indian and his mother classified as ‘Cape-coloured’. Albert was refused entrance to the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art because of his skin colour, so Albert worked as a window dresser while saving up to enroll for a teaching degree. He was actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement, but after being arrested twice, applied to study art in England, where he won a scholarship to study at London’s Slade School of Fine Art from 1953-57. He then won a scholarship to the Munich School of Art.
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Art is for everyone. The Imibala Galleries provide a visual platform for both contemporary South African artists and international artists to showcase their work. As the Gallery in Somerset West is an integral part of Imibala, children attending art classes see the work of established commercial artists, attend workshops, and therefore are exposed to the world of fine art which enhances their creative development.
All work on exhibition in the Imibala Galleries are also available to view online, with profits earned through sales of art used to support of the work of the Imibala Trust.
The Galleries are located at the heart of Somerset West and Graaff-Reinet respectively. In Somerset West we are adjacent to the Imibala Restaurant and Trust in Bright Street and in Graaff-Reinet, we adjoin the historic and exclusive Drostdy Hotel.