Conrad Atkinson

Emily Bronte’s Shopping Trolley

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Year 2009
Medium Coloured pencil, watercolour, printing, and acrylic paint on paper
Dimensions 29.1 x 20.4 cm

About the work

This drawing is part of a sequence of drawings about the shopping trollies of famous writers, mostly poets, which will be shown next year (about 20). It is harder to humanise people who have been “mummified” by being called “great artists”. They are very normal people.

About the artist:

Conrad Atkinson was born in 1940, West Cumbria. Graduated from Carlisle College of Art (1961); Liverpool College of Art (1962); Royal Academy Schools, London (1965); and Manchester College of Art (1967).

Atkinson’s practice is concerned with the idea that aesthetics can be a pretty ugly business.

His work is held in private and public collections including The Tate Gallery, London; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco; The Arts Council of Great Britain, London; and Australian National Gallery, Canberra.

Selected solo exhibitions include As u like it, Ronald Feldman Fine Art, New York (2016); All That Glisters, Ronald Feldman Fine Art, New York (2015); Dreams of Permanence, Hopes of Transience, South Square Gallery, Bradford (2011); Conrad Atkinson works from the Fifties, Helena Thompson Museum, Workington (2009); CONRAD ATKINSON: Thirty Years: drawings, prints, collages and photographs, Feldman Fine Art, New York (2007); Some Wounds Healing Some Birds Singing, Royal Opera House, Belfast (2007); and Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool City Museum, Liverpool (1999). Selected group exhibitions include From the Front Line, Ronald Feldman Fine Art, New York (2017); And Now the Good News. Works from the Annette and Peter Nobel Collection, MASI (Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana), Lugano (2016); History is Now: 7 Artists Take on Britain, Hayward Gallery, London (2015); Cumberland News, Tullie House, Carlisle (2015); Modern History, Bury City Art Gallery, Bury (2015); Dallas Biennial (2014); The Armory Show, New York (2010); and Blueprints: Intersection’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco (2005).

Awards and residencies include Commended Artist (20 out of 2400) for Main Prize “Freedom to Create (2011); UK Arts and Business Visual Art Award shortlist for exhibition Some Wounds Healing: Some Birds Singing (2008); Honorary Fellow Cumbria University, Carlisle Institute for the Arts (2006); and Artist in Residence, Villeroy and Bosh, Stockholm (2000). 

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