David Atkins Artist information:
The Fairfax Gallery has been privileged to work with David Atkins exhibiting his paintings since our opening Exhibition in 1995, closely following his success with critics and collectors alike over the years. David’s confident painterly use of oils marks him out as an artist with a future as vibrant as his paintings.
St Martins School of Art Winchester – First Class Honours in Fine Art Winner of the 2000 Discerning Eye – ‘ Facade International Prize ‘
Also a finalist in the 2001 & 2002 Discerning Eye awards, held at the Mall Galleries, London & 2003 NEAC exhibition at Mall Galleries, London. Artist David Atkins’ Paintings are produced with vigour and intuitiveness, allowing the process of working and reworking to consolidate the truthful response of the subject.
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The Ashdown & Rye Bay
Solo Exhibition at Fairfax Gallery Tunbridge Wells
1 st – 14th November 2019 New Paintings Below
David Atkins says of his paintings:
'In my recent paintings, I have revisited and explored the landscape
of the Ashdown Forest and the Dorset coastline. Throughout the Spring and Summer, I have explored the light, colour and drama that has unfolded along the coastline. Fisherman and sailors heading out to sea, walkers along a beach on a blustery day, high tides, blue summer mornings and harbour lights in the evening. As Summer moved into Autumn, I explored the forest landscape and its fine views observing the colours as they started to deepen. The blue smoke from distant bonfires, grazing sheep, pink and purple heather, horseriders and ramblers all became part the view from the Ashdown'. Painting on the Ashdown Forest
. I’ve lost count of the numerous times I have visited and painted the Ashdown Forest. It has become part of my history and the paintings I make there are a reflection of my deeply held feelings for the place. I have worn a path to a few locations in the forest that have continued to inspire my interests as a painter. With each visit comes a new determination to find fresh ways of conveying my encounter with a familiar place. There is a feeling of scale, light and beauty in this landscape and that, perhaps is the reason that keeps me going back. Painting Winchelsea, Rye, Dungeness and Camber Sands.
I had the opportunity to make a series of paintings on Winchelsea beach, which previously had been impossible due to adverse weather conditions. At low tide the old wooden breakwaters become visible, looking like skeletal remains still defiant against the sea. There reflections remain in muddy pools for a short time before the tide returns and the beach once again becomes a long stretch of shingle. The beach at Camber feels enormous in scale with its sweep of sandy dunes leading on to a swathe of multi- coloured layers of fine sand. Capturing some sense of the space here in the bright month of June was both a challenge and a joy. In all the places I have visited and painted for this show, there has been time invested in looking, making and responding. Paint is applied in bold gestures of oil and colour that map out each thought, decision and correction. What results has to convey something of the essence of each encounter and done so in the language of painting. David Atkins 2019 David Atkins has selected a hand-finished contemporary white frame to offset the compositions. The beauty of the original paintings is the rich textural qualities of the oil, which tends to look flat in reproductions. David Atkins has exhibited with the Fairfax Gallery since its opening exhibition in 1995 at its gallery on The Pantiles