(1953 – 2014), USA

Terry Adkins Biography

Terry Adkins (1953-2014) was born in Washington, DC. Inspired by his musical household and Jimi Hendrix, he took up guitar, eventually working his way through the flute, pocket trumpets, the bass violin, and the violin. He mused a professional music career, performing in his youth and early adulthood with Sun Ra and various jazz ensembles, but was seduced by the visual arts early on. His affinity for drawing was nourished at Fisk University in Nashville, where he studied under artists Martin Puryear, Carlton Moss, Earl Hooks, Stephanie Pogue, and regularly encountered Aaron Douglas, a commanding presence during the Harlem Renaissance. Although formalists including Constantin Brancusi and Yves Klein influenced his thought process, his musical tastes bent toward the "free music" emerging from the sixties and the experimental compositions of Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Cecil Taylor, and Archie Shepp, to name a few. Adkins completed his B.S. in printmaking in 1975, and continued on to Illinois State University for an M.S. in printmaking, then an M.F.A from the University of Kentucky in sculpture.

Terry Adkins Featured Artworks

Prophet by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork sculpture
Terry Adkins Prophet, 2010 Nautilus shells, silk parachute, rope, tape, plaster memory jug, silver tray, cabinet, and starfish
147.3 x 48.3 x 48.3 cm
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Purple Flow by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork painting
Terry Adkins Purple Flow, 1989 Mixed media on paper
102 x 74 cm
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Flowing Streams by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork painting
Terry Adkins Flowing Streams, 1989 Mixed media on paper
102 x 73 cm
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Aten by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork works on paper
Terry Adkins Aten, 2017 Coloured pencil on Japanese rice paper
31.8 x 44.5 cm
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Mohawk by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork sculpture
Terry Adkins Mohawk, 1989 Wood and pigment
126 x 20 x 20 cm
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Elixir by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork sculpture
Terry Adkins Elixir, 1986 Copper, wood, and wax
30.5 x 81.3 x 7.6 cm
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