Kunstaankopen, kunstbehoud, monografieën, exposities
Frans & Kapma Foundation


There is so much marvellous art in this world. Art that wanders through
thoughts and the stories behind the thoughts. Here is a first impression
of art that fascinates us.

Discover the artists represented in the FRANS & KAPMA COLLECTION.

01. Thijs Buit
02. Machiel Hopman
03. Geert Meijer
04. Helen Sieger
05. Hans van Herwijnen
06. Gradus Verhaaf
07. Ida Roekevisch
08. Johannes Meintjes
09. Jan Rozeboom
10. Jacques Krebbekx
11. Alfons Vermeir
12. Willem Paerels

'The merry-go-round', ca.1990
Oil on panel, 76 x 58 cm
Signed: lower left 'l adcock'
Lilian Adcock (1944)

At first glance ambience and style of this painting remind us of the works of the Belgian artist Harry Buyck (1928), which we admire. Quite clearly is also a certain degree of similarity in colour, in particular in the use of the red shades. And yes, there indeed is a link.

The German-born but English artist Lilian Adcock studies at Hammersmith Art School in London, where she chooses the speciality of 'Interior Design'. She marries a Belgian, starts in 1962, in Belgium, with sculpting lessons and gets then private painting lessons at - yes - Harry Buyck, who has been an important mentor to her. Harry Buyck, as we read in Adcock's monograph, 'has transferred a lot of talent and vision on themes' to the artist, especially in the field of compositions with characters. However, Lilian Adcock develops her own interpretation and gives her characters greater detail, although certainly not photographic. She shows their states of mind with 'shocking honesty', writes the author of her monograph.

The depicted painting is titled 'Merry-go-round' and is situated at the fair in Covent Garden, London. It fascinates us right away: all these odd types with their personal tragedies, despair, loneliness and (apparent) fun. Adcock is good in expressing the secret emotions of ordinary people in shapes and colours. Her monograph says that she ‘never has succumbed to romanticize or idealize the image of her models. And also, that she 'on her way probes the essence of human beings', in which 'joy and tragedy can overlap'.

From 1979 Lilian Adcock exhibits in numerous places in Belgium, in Italy (Florence), France (Paris), England (London) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam) and takes part in international fairs in the USA (Chicago), Netherlands (Rosmalen) and Germany (Essen). Everywhere she wins admiration for her intriguing display of interpersonal communication or the lack thereof.