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(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

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Bessie Smith Head, Red by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork
Terry AdkinsBessie Smith Head, Red, 2007Blown glass
50.8 x 40.6 x 27.9 cm
Lévy Gorvy Contact Gallery
Purple Flow by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork
Terry AdkinsPurple Flow, 1989Mixed media on paper
102 x 74 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Vocalian (from Towering Steep) by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork
Terry AdkinsVocalian (from Towering Steep), 2000Aluminium and leather
67.3 x 66 x 73.7 cm
Lévy Gorvy Contact Gallery
Word by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork
Terry AdkinsWord, 1986Brass, iron, wood, plaster
14 x 166 x 16 cm
Thomas Dane Gallery
Hannibal by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork
Terry AdkinsHannibal, 1987Wooden veneer
163 x 19 x 19 cm
Thomas Dane Gallery
Aten by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork
Terry AdkinsAten, 2017Coloured pencil on Japanese rice paper
31.8 x 44.5 cm
Para Site
Mohawk by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork
Terry AdkinsMohawk, 1989Wood and pigment
126 x 20 x 20 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery Contact Gallery
Elixir by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork
Terry AdkinsElixir, 1986Copper, wood, and wax
30.5 x 81.3 x 7.6 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery Contact Gallery

Terry Adkins Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Wiggle at Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
Closed
6 September–20 October 2018 Group Exhibition Wiggle Galerie Greta Meert, BrusselsBrussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Sculptures at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
Closed
12 July–10 August 2018 Group Exhibition Sculptures Andrew Kreps Gallery, 537 West 22nd St, New York537 West 22nd Street

Terry Adkins Represented By

Lévy Gorvy contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Lévy Gorvy New York, Paris, London, Hong Kong, Zurich
Thomas Dane Gallery contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Thomas Dane Gallery London, Naples

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