PAINTING AND DRAWING 2011

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PETER ATKINS
PAINTING AND DRAWING

2011

EXHIBITION TEXTS

A common denominator connecting these paintings is an investigation into readymade abstract forms appropriated from the real world. The collected/found reference material is exhibited alongside the paintings providing tangible evidence of my interaction within the landscape. It also helps mark a clear distinction within my work between what is abstract and what is not, defining an area that exists between the lines of abstraction and figuration. This has been an integral part of my practice over the past 25 years. The eclectic group of forms from this exhibition include incidental or more prosaic examples of ephemera: A discarded postcard, a lolly wrapper, a matchbox, a petrol pump, a cinema listing and a book titled ‘Painting and Drawing’ salvaged from a secondhand store. What I am trying to do is express my experience in the landscape; what I am seeing, what I am attracted to, what I find fascinating or beautiful at a particular time.

Peter Atkins