ABOUT GREER ADAMs
I am an Australian Indigenous Art specialist, dealer, valuer and collection management consultant with over a decade of experience in the field. I established Greer Adams Fine Art in 2013 because I'm passionate about working with private and corporate clients to acquire and sell works of exceptional quality and provenance and, carefully curate and manage their collections.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
I fell in love with the world of Australian Indigenous art making at a very young age, while travelling to Aboriginal art centres in remote Indigenous communities with my father.
Passionate about creating, I majored in art through high school before continuing on to a degree in Art History and Theory at the University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts. Originally intent on becoming an auctioneer specialising in 17th and 18th century French and Italian art, I studied at the British School in Rome before returning home to complete my degree at Melbourne University.
My first job in the art world was at Sotheby's. I began in an administrative capacity in decorative arts but my passion for Australian Indigenous art and artefacts led me to work in Sotheby’s Aboriginal Art Department for the next three years. I later found out that my family have strong Aboriginal ancestry in the Liverpool district of New South Wales. My connection to Aboriginal art and culture became abundantly clear.
CONNECTING TO COUNTRY
When you're sourcing Aboriginal art it's really important to know the provenance – where the art comes from – and that the artist has been looked after in the transaction.
In 2010, I headed to Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency in Fitzroy Crossing – 400km east of Broome, Western Australia– to manage their national and international exhibitions. Artists come in from both desert and river country in a culmination of four different language groups which accounts for the diversity of the art being made there. To sit daily in the presence of elders, steeped in traditional knowledge and to experience them sing, speak, dance and paint their country, is indescribable.
In 2011, I was called back to the city to co-head the establishment of the Aboriginal Art department at international auction house Bonhams. Highlights include the landmark contemporary Australian art auctions, Selected works from the estate of Paddy Bedford and the Laverty Collection: Contemporary Australian Art both of which we toured to London and New York.
I continue to advise significant collectors of Australian Indigenous art both nationally and overseas. Since 2013 I’ve been the curator and collection manager of the Estate of the late Duncan Kentish, a highly regarded Adelaide-based fine art dealer and collector from the late 20th century. This has also provided me the honour of working closely with and advising The Estate of Jarinyanu David Downs (c.1920-1995), one of the great West Australian Indigenous artists of the 20th Century.
Aboriginal art and culture is in my blood, literally and metaphorically. I am proud and continually inspired by the evolution of the movement and its critical acclaim on an international stage. As more people are exposed to Aboriginal art, one of the world’s longest continuous art traditions, they are shocked by its diversity. I love finding out the kind of Aboriginal art that lights up my client and I take pride in the process of matching paintings to people. I want people to love what they collect.