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David Atkin

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Mare Tranquillitatus, 2007, 48 x 60 inches, Oil on canvas
The Known Sea, 2009, 36 x 40 inches, Oil on canvas
Blue island, 2008, 16 x 20 inches, Oil on canvas
Untitled, 2009, 16 x 24 inches, Oil on canvas
Avertine Hill, 2009, 48 x 52 inches, Oil on canvas
Artist's Statement

I have painted many different subjects and the ones I find most compelling are usually close at hand—more often than not, figures, still lifes, and interiors. I have always been fascinated by the potential for mystery in the translation of the everyday. My sources of inspiration are as far-flung as a moment in an El Greco painting, a yearbook photo, and the dunes I saw as a child. I love lusciousness in paint and, moreover, the history of painting. I have an undying fascination with things and the ambiguity that arises in their depiction.

In all my work there is a surreal-ness attained through embellishment, editing, or omission. My project is to explain things, however inconsequential, in a way that conveys more than what they may seem to be.


2010, Black and White, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY,
2009, Adoration / Objectification, Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, NJ,
Faculty Show, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY
2008, White Show, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY,
2007, Punch Bowl, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY,
Faculty Show, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY
Radius, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY,
2005, Faculty Show, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY,
2003, Appropriation c. 1976, 65 Hope Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY,
2001, Signs of New Life, Studio 450, New York, NY,
1995, Survey of East Coast Painting, Studio 21, Halifax, NS,
1994, August Show, Green Lantern Building, Halifax, NS,
Summer Sol, Lake Galleries, Toronto, ONT,
1993, Subject Matter: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture in Nova Scotia, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS,
1992, David Atkin Paintings, solo exhibition, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS.