ARTS AND CRAFTS EDUCATION - 1970 - 2008
Rug making and Quilting (with some teaching) - America USA - 2 year course
Voice development, Choir & Opera singing - London UK 4 years
Fashion and Interior design, City and Guilds - London UK 1 year
Foundation Access to Art (The Strand Lambeth) - London UK 1 year
Photography - adult education - London UK 6 months
Printmaking. London Print-works - London UK 3 months
Art and Design Foundation. Kensington & Design - London UK 1 year
Chelsea College of Art & Design BA HON - London UK 5 years
University of Cyprus (painting) - Cyprus 1 month 2004
Now a member of the londonbiennale group
Printmaking and etching Morley College - London 6 months 2006
I started doing 'arty' things as a child in Manchester. I would stick paper flowers on my parents wine glasses and draw faces in my school books. Unfortunately, life led me in directions other than subsequent art education. However, while living in America, I began quilting and rug-making. Upon returning to London I became involved in theatre, opera groups, choirs and took part in performances in and around London. I also continued to participate and take short courses in the arts, crafts, fashion design and photography which led to my graduation from Chelsea College of Art and Design.
Exhibitions-Margaret Atkinson BA. Hon
(Studio with ASC -Studio 20a
5th Avenue Brixton Village
London SW9 by appointment - m - 07941987133
OPEN VIEW OF THE FIRST GROUP EXHIBITION on the NEW Brixton Village Art-Trail
Saturday 10th December 2.30pm to 5.30pm - Start the trail at no. 6 - 1st avenue LAB G (ice cream parlour) to get your directions. enter by Coldharbour Lane SW9 8PS
other viewing times for the whole art-trail are . thur/fri/sat-12noon to 5.30pm
curated by Margaret Atkinson
www.art-trailbrixtonvillage.co.uk for mor einfo.
2011 Novemvber Sat/Sun - watch this space for date and times.
2011 Open Studio Brixton Village -10th 11th 12th Nov. -
2011 New Art-Trail Brixton Village Oct/Nov Solo - visit www.art-trailbrixtonvillage.co.uk
2010 Open Studio ASC Union Street Open Studio
2010 Lambeth Open Studio Solo
2010 Institute of Education - Students Union Group
2010 54 The Gallery - Mayfair Solo
2009 The Golden Heart Pup - Solo
2009 Lambeth Open Studio Solo
2009 The Mission Arts Club Hackney Wicked Group
2009 Turn-Berlin International Gallery Group
2009 The Wine Theatre - Union Street SE1 Solo
2009 On The Bounce (Berlin) Group
2009 East Festival Hackney Group
2009 August Art Gallery Art Swop
2009 Dark Theatre & Jamm Group
2008 Limb-Power Festival Group
2008 Decima Gallery Group
2008 Cowboy Art Fair Group
2008 Decima Gallery - Hackney Wick Group
2008 Cholmney Boys Club Group
2008 The Artist And His Whore" Group
2008 Performance art ( Reynolds Puki) Paris Group
2008 The Foundry - Old Street Group
2008 Brixton Library (central stairway) Solo
2008 Art In Mind - Brick Lane Gallery-London Group
2008 Something about Painting Group
2008 91 West Way - Hackney Wick Group
2008 John Bloxham - London SW18 Group
2007 Climate of Change 235 UNION STREET SE1 Group
2007 The Foundry - Draw 2 Group
2007 ASC OPEN STUDIO Studio opening
2006 The Stables Gallery-Twickenham Group
2006 Big Draw -The Foundry Group
2006 OPEN HOUSE/STUDIO-SW2 Group
2006 ARTS CO-OPERATIVE-SW2 Group
2005 UPSTAIRS GALLERY-The Green-London Group
2005 Bogota Columbia (S.-America) biennial Group
2005 BETTIE MORTON GALLERY Group
2004 HYPE GALLERY-Brick Lane Group
2004 ARNDEAN GALLERY -Cork Street W1 Group
2004 ASC STUDIOS-Brixton SW9 Open Studio
2003 RED GATE GALLERY Solo
2002 CHELSEA COLLEGE (of Art & Design) Group
2001 CANDID GALLERY Group
2000 MAFUGI GALLERY Group
2000 CANDID GALLERY Group
1998 BRIXTON GALLERY Group
1998 KENSINGTON & CHELSEA Group
1998 BRIXTON GALLERY Group
1998 CANDID GALLERY Group
1998 CHELSEA COLLEGE (of Art & Design) Solo
1997 BRIXTON GALLERY Group
1997 WAR MUSEUM(LONDON Group
1996/7 LONDON PRINT WORKS Group
(IN CONJUNCTION WITH HAYWARD GALLERY)(and on tour both in England and America)
working with American artist Glenn Lygon
and British artist Yinka Shornibare)
ABOUT MY WORK - 1998- Tulips From Amsterdam' which is now a sequence of over three hundred works of paintings, drawings, prints, etching and installations whose inception lay in a two and half day trip there in 1998. My previous work was printing and abstract painting on canvas, using images of elephants and lace as my source material. I thus became enchanted when I encountered what was to become know as the 'elephant bar' in Amsterdam. A mural of two elephants adorned one of the walls of the bar and a Turkish lantern cast a sort of lace pattern, creating layers of texture that haunted me when I returned to London. I still find the work fascinating and the journey has taken me from the canals of Amsterdam to the Ottoman Empire.
I am concerned to develop the works even more within series of individual works that visit the sites of the history of my own imagination and experience, and also those of a collective social ad political history.
I have always thought of Tulips as coming from Amsterdam but in fact they have an incredible history. They were brought into the Netherlands during the Dutch trading empire from Turkey where the tulip is the national flower. But the Tulip started life as a wild flower of the Asian steppes, which is a belt of grassland that sweeps for roughly 5,000 miles from Europe to China and was once part of the Ottoman Empire.
Throughout Europe and especially Holland there was the lunatic craze of the 'Tulip Fever'. Tulip bulbs out-priced town houses in Amsterdam, for example the Tulip named 'Admiral Lieffkens' was sold for 4,400 guilders in the early seventeenth century, which could buy a town house next to the canal.
I became fascinated by the fragility of this beautiful flower and how it has survived and is still revered throughout the centuries. A tribute to this is the stained glass windows of the Victorian England where the image of the tulip was used in abundance.
Another aspect of the Tulip is the fact that the more diseased the bulb, the more colorful is the flower, which for me gives it a sort of parallel to the human psyche that sometimes masks the sinister underbelly behind the esthetic.
Coming from an arts and crafts background, I draw on my design skills to create my paintings. Also incorporating the tile affect, which is also a medium, used for the tulip especially in Turkey. I want to research and develop the designs even more, my most recent painting being adapted from an old woodcarving.
I have used a variation of colour from the bar interior throughout this work. As a child in school I would draw faces in my schoolbooks and am still fascinated by the many archetypes that mask the interior psyche. The hum of a crowd, the buzz of interaction can sometimes give a sense of isolation.
The work addresses gender, identity, and fragility of the human psyche. I have used lace to build up layers in some of this work.
I was mesmerized by the juxtaposition of prostitutes' 'shop windows' in the red light district of Amsterdam. The staid physical facades of churches, their steeples creating a dramatic backdrop for the fairy light lit canals at night, together make up the magic patchwork of Amsterdam.
After witnessing the liberal approach to 'flesh for sale' I wanted to create and capture the essence of the 'windows', a cameo caught in time. From this experience the 32cmx32cm paintings developed, revealing layers of human psyche, enticing the voyeur to enter into their world.
I have incorporated the influence of artists I admire, Vermeer, de Hooch, Picasso and many others and am now taking the work into a larger size and medium.