Photo: Shelagh Atkinson in Edinburgh, Scotland

Shelagh Atkinson

Artist, Maker, Technician

  • It's about the Shape of the Journey...a documentation of works on paper and canvas in book form and sound scapes exploring our footsteps in the environment using screenprinting and photography I explore the natural forms and geometric patterns and anything else which can be used to pin down a thought, a feeling, a memory I'm drawn to the minutiae of the environment focusing on physical shapes.
  1. Photography is central to the way I work, printmaking a natural extension to that activity with drawing and painting completing the form The experience of place physically and visually offers a narrative possibility of pictures I call it the music of the visual. The Shape of this journey represents a kind of and freedom and the knowledge of it can live in the imagination of anyone.
  2. Influences Pieter Brueghel creates a rich seam of narrative in landscape paintings whilst Ben Shahn is a graphic master and a painter of profound style and moral content Gerhard Richter's Oct 18 1977 photo like canvasses take painting to highly interesting levels. John Berger's writing is what it is all about.
  3. Career path Qualifications: Early studies Social Psychology Crewe And Alsager College
  4. Later studies HND Communication Studies, Napier University Edinburgh
  5. Work experience: 2008 to present Studio practice and research
  6. 2006/7 The Drawing Group WASPS Studio Edinburgh
  7. 2003/05 Leith School of Art, Drawing and Painting
  8. 2000/01 Painting and Life Drawing Courses, Newmilne Studios, Perthshire
  9. 1996 Non-toxic Print Workshop, Prof K Howard , Edinburgh Print makers, Edinburgh
  10. 1996/97 Community Art Workshops, Edinburgh
  • Areas of work: printmaking, painting, earth works, drawing, project making, photography
  • Collections: Scottish National Portrait Gallery Edinburgh
  • Newhall Art Collection Cambridge University England.
  • Royal Scottish Museum Edinburgh
  • Glasgow Womens Art Library
  • Scottish Poetry Collection Edinburgh
  • The Baltic archive Newcastle upon Tyne England
  • zine collections London[INVIVA] NewYork[Barnard College] Australia[IMPACT]
  • Commissions: 2011 Reproduction of my screenprint My Ties with Mick Luathe Press Never Mind the Captions Alasdair Findlay
  • 2007 Found Sound CD Reichstag Wrap self financed
  • 2004 CD cover image, Scottish Music Industry
  • 1995/96 Circle The City, Mural Project, Edinburgh, Funded by LEEL Edinburgh Council
  • 1995 Book Cover, Heirts Bluid, Chapman Publication
  • Prizes and awards: 2009 Richard Demarco prize Edinburgh Peoples art Show Edinburgh Festival Edinburgh Scotland
  • 2009 Royal Scottish Museum Edinburgh purchase print for the Scottish Industries permanent collection
  • 2003/05 Scottish National Portrait Gallery, purchase two prints for the permanent print collection
  • 1999 Peacock Editioning Prize, Aberdeen Society of Artists exhibition
  • 1998 British Council Award, for Berlin Residency and exhibition
  • 1998 Overseas Exhibition Fund (for Berlin)Edinburgh City Council
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Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Activities Marketing/communications, Photographic documentation, Graphic Design, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Text
Tags layering , colour, works on paper, canvas, narratives, portraits, acrylics, visual art, mixed media, printmaking

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  • London Art fair

    I will be exhibiting some of my screenprints at this prestigious art fair with the London artfair is the UKs premier modern British and contemporary artfair its 27th edition .

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