"It’s the alchemy involved in turning nothing into something that I find endlessly fascinating".
Peter Atkins, 2008
Peter Atkins is one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists and an important representative of Australian art in the International arena. Over the past 25 years he has exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, England, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
In 1985 while still a student at the National Art School in Sydney Peter was awarded the N.S.W. Traveling Art Scholarship (now known as the Helen Lempriere Traveling Art Scholarship). Over the next decade Peter traveled and worked extensively through Asia, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Europe, and North, Central and South America which included residencies at the Cite International des Arts in Paris,The British School in Rome and Green Park in New Delhi. In 1994 he was sole Australian representative and gold medal recipient for his work titled World Journal at the VIII Triennale in India. In 1996-97 his work was included in Systems End - Contemporary Art in Australia curated by William Wright and Takeshi Kanazawa (traveling to OXY Gallery, Osaka; Hakone Open-Air Museum,Tokyo; Dong Ah Gallery, Seoul and the Kaoshiung Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan). In 1999 his work was featured in Five Continents and One City in Mexico City, curated by Gao Minglu, and in 1999 and 2003 he exhibited at the ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid. He has also been awarded Australia Council Studio residencies in Barcelona and Los Angeles.
Peter’s work is represented in the collections of every Australian State Gallery including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney as well as prominent Institutional, Corporate and Private collections both nationally and internationally.
Text courtesy Tolarno Galleries.
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