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PETER ATKINS
Born 1963, Murrurundi, Australia

MARTIN BROWNE FINE ART

Peter Atkins’s work is, above all else, a veneration of the human spirit manifested in the visual. He is an artist who maintains a strong interest in the decorative and votive qualities of everyday objects, which he transforms in his larger work into celebratory images. Much of his smaller work is in the form of a visual diary: objects and images found during his many and varied wanderings throughout the world, reconfigured as works of personal and cultural expression. In recent years, Atkins has moved from exotic concerns to an exploration of the minutiae of his immediate environment.

Peter Atkins is an important representative of Australian art in the international arena. He was sole Australian representative and gold medal recipient at the VIII Triennale–India (1994); he has exhibited in Australia, France, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Italy, and Spain; he was awarded an Australia Council Studio residency in Barcelona, August -– November 1998; and in 1999 his work was featured in ‘Five Continents and One City’ in Mexico City Gallery, curated by Gao Minglu, as well as at ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid.

In Australia, Peter Atkins has held 29 solo exhibitions, with his survey show, ‘Big Paintings 1990–2003’, touring regional galleries during 2003–04. He has been represented in over fifty group exhibitions, including ‘Home Sweet Home: Works from the Peter Fay Collection’ (2003) and ‘Uncommon World: Aspects of Contemporary Australian Art’ (2000), both at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and ‘MCA Unpacked II’, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2003). He was represented four times in the Moët et Chandon Touring Exhibition (1990, 1992, 1995, 1996).

BIOGRAPHY
1983–84 Art Certificate, Newcastle, NSW
1985 Higher Art Certificate, National Art School, Sydney
Currently lives and works in Melbourne

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2006 precious things, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2005 the connected world, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2004 the world around me, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2003 Big Paintings 1990–2003, survey exhibition, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, New South Wales; Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria
Paperform, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
2002 lo-tech, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Simple Pleasures, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2001 Handmade, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Materiality, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
2000 Accumulation, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Paintings and Works on Paper, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
Live From Brunswick, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1999 Polyrhythm, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
1998 Soft Edge, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1997 Urban Artefacts, Ipswich Regional Gallery, Queensland
1996 Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1995 Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
APA Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
1994–95 World Journal, VIII Triennale–India 1994, curator Annette Larkin, Lalit Kala Akademi New Delhi, awarded Gold Medal; Australian Embassy, Jakarta, Indonesia; Lawrence Wilson Gallery, Perth; Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra; Waverley City Gallery, Melbourne; Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney; New England Regional Art Museum, NSW; Ipswich Regional Gallery, Queensland; Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria; University Gallery, Launceston
1993 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
1991 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney
1990 Galerie Cannible Pierce, Paris
1989 Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney
1988 Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney
1987 Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney
Galerie Cannible Pierce, Paris
New South Wales House Gallery, London

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006 Multiplicity: Small Tapestry Show 2006, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne
Strange Cargo: Contemporary Art as a State of Encounter, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW
Found Out, Lake Macquarie Regional Gallery, NSW
Salon, Bett Gallery Hobart, TAS
2005 Glad-Wrap-Up, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2004 One Of: Festivus 04, curators Anthony Whelan & Amanda Henry, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Rubbish: Recycling as Art, Global Arts Link, Ipswich, QLD, 16–23 May
2003 Festivus, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
New Acquisitions, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW
The Barcelona Studio: Fragments of a Brief History, Plimsoll Gallery,
University of Tasmania, Hobart
ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, Spain
MCA Unpacked II, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Home Sweet Home: Works from the Peter Fay Collection, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
A Small Private Eye, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Victoria
Barcelona Studio: Fragments of a Brief History, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart
2002 Group Exhibition, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Dressing and Dreaming, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
The Art of Collecting, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW
The Shape of Air (Flat), curator Heather B. Swann, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2001 Five Painters, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
A Century of Collecting 1901–2001, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Hermanns Art Award, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney and regional galleries tour
Well Connected: Dobell and Company, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW; Contemporary Benefactors Auction, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2000 Uncommon World: Aspects of Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1999 fashion & art, Gallery 4A, Sydney
Five Continents and One City, curator Gao Minglu, Mexico City Gallery, Mexico
ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, Spain
Global Arts Link, Ipswich Regional Gallery, Queensland
National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria
Sixth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne
1998 Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Sydney
The Mecenat Collection, Sherman Galleries Goodhope and Hargrave, Sydney
Sets and Series, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
‘Something…’ , Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1997 Anon, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
The Crate Show, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Tokyo International Art Festival, Tokyo
Za Moca Foundation Works on Paper, Tokyo
Sydney Fundraiser Exhibition, Gallery 4A, Sydney
Contemporary Benefactors Auction, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1996–98 Flagging the Republic, Sherman Galleries, Sydney and regional galleries tour
1996–97 Systems End: Contemporary Art in Australia, curators William Wright and Takeshi Kanazawa, OXY Gallery, Osaka; Hakone Open-Air Museum, Tokyo; Dong-Ah Gallery, Seoul; Kaohsiung Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
1996 Moët et Chandon Touring Exhibition, touring Australian state galleries
Contemporary Benefactors Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1995 Moët et Chandon Touring Exhibition, touring Australian state galleries
Nippon International Contemporary Art Fair, Yokohama
Windows on Australia I, Australian Embassy, Tokyo
The Loti and Victor Smorgon Gift of Contemporary Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
International Works on Paper Fair, Sydney
1994 Two Weeks, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
1992 Third Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne
Moët et Chandon Touring Exhibition, touring Australian state galleries
1991 Over East, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth
Il sud del mondo/The other side of the world, Masala, Italy; then touring France and the United States
Microcosm, Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney
1990 Moët et Chandon Touring Exhibition, touring Australian state galleries
Second Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne
Working up to Yellow, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, NSW
1989 Australian Perspecta 1989, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1988 First Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne
Shards of Consciousness, Galerie Cannible Pierce, Paris
1987 Here and There, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria
Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, NSW
Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW
New England Regional Art Museum, NSW
Chartwell Collection, Waikato Museum of Art & History, Hamilton, New Zealand
Shell Company of Australia
Allen, Allen & Hemsley, Sydney
Pat Corrigan Collection
Peter Fay Collection
Derwent Collection, Tasmania
Artbank

AWARDS, RESIDENCIES AND COMMISSIONS
2003 Commission for the Crown Promenade Hotel foyer, Melbourne
2002 New work grant, awarded by the Australia Council
2001–02 Artist in residence, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW
2001 Artist in residence, Bundanon, NSW
Artist in residence, Mt Scopus College, Melbourne
1998 Barcelona Studio Residency, awarded by the Australia Council
1994 Awarded Gold Medal, VIII Triennale–India 1994, New Delhi
1992 Project Grant, awarded by the Australia Council
1991 Muswellbrook Open Art Prize, NSW
1989 Sir William Dobell Art Foundation Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1987 Artist in residence, Dr Denise Hickey Studio, Cité International des Arts, Paris
Artist in residence, The British School, Rome, August–September
1986 Dyason Bequest, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1985 New South Wales Travelling Art Scholarship (two years)
1984 Maitland Student Art Prize, NSW

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Wendy Walker, 'The collections of Peter Atkins and Dana Harris', Art & Australia, vol. 44, no. 3, autumn 2007, pp. 434–39
Elaine Merkus, Here and There, exhibition catalogue, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne, 1987
Terry Smith, ‘No simple way to find the Australia in Australian art’, Times on Sunday, Sydney, 8 November 1987
Ken Shepherd, Peter Atkins: Poetic Painter of the Essential, exhibition catalogue, Galerie Cannible Pierce, Paris, 1987
Elwyn Lynn, ‘From the sublime to the meticulous’, Weekend Australian, 24 September 1988
Ken Shepherd, ‘The way of the spirit in paint’, Australian Perspecta 1989, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1989
Elwyn Lynn, ‘The individual in perspective’, Weekend Australian, 10–11 June 1989
Christopher Allen, ‘Word as image in a language of art’, Sydney Morning Herald, 16 June 1989
Elwyn Lynn, ‘Intimacy and nature’, Weekend Australian, 18 June 1989
Elwyn Lynn, ‘Sir William Dobell Art Prize – Art Gallery of New South Wales’, Weekend Australian, 11–12 November 1989
Frances Lindsay, Introduction, Moët et Chandon Touring Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Melbourne, 1990
Amanda Meade, ‘Profile: Peter Atkins, painter’, City Life Magazine, Sydney & Melbourne, February 1990
Ken Shepherd, Peter Atkins – New Work, exhibition catalogue, Galerie Cannible Pierce, Paris, 1990
Jo Saurin, ‘Reward of sensual pleasure’, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 March 1991
Elwyn Lynn, ‘Abstract angles with exuberant edges...’, Weekend Australian, 16–17 March 1991
Jonathan Turner, ‘Who are the artists to watch’, Artnews, New York City, April 1991
Ken Shepherd,Il sud del mondo/The other side of the world, exhibition catalogue, Masala, Italy, 1991
Alsion Carroll, Introduction, Moët et Chandon Touring Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Melbourne, 1992
Felicity Fenner, ‘Moët loses its sparkle’, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 July 1992
Peter Timms, ‘Painting by numbers – Melbourne report', Art & Australia, vol. 29, no. 2, summer 1992
Daniel Thomas, ‘Australia made by art’, introductory essay, Third Australian Contemporary Art Fair, exhibition catalogue, Melbourne, October 1992
Christopher Heathcote, ‘Keeping the faith in the miraculous power of a prize’, Age, 13 August 1993
Robert Rooney, ‘Exploiters of exotica’, Weekend Australian, 21–22 August 1993
Michael Hutak, ‘Young at art: The new painters’, Sydney Morning Herald, 1 January 1994
Oz Arts, issue 9, January 1994
Annette Larkin & Peter Timms, Peter Atkins ‘World Journal’, exhibition catalogue, VIII Triennale-India 1994, Australian Exhibitions Touring Agency, Melbourne, 1993
Annette Larkin, ‘Peter Atkins’, Eighth Triennale India 1994, exhibition catalogue, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India, 1994
Suneet Chopra, ‘Confronting the global village’, Hindustan Times, 29 January 1994
Suneet Chopra, ‘Building bridges and breaking them’, Hindustan Times,
12 February 1994
Carmel Dwyer, ‘A journey built on obsession’, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 February 1994
K. I. Kaul, ‘A subtle and meaningful fare’, Statesman, 8 March 1994
Anjali Sircar, ‘A comment on superficial realities?’, The Hindu, 13 March 1994
Geeti Sen, ‘Art: Triennale’, The Week, 20 March 1994
Annette Larkin, ‘Peter Atkins’, Craft Arts International, March–May 1994
Fenella Souter, ‘Peter Atkins, painter’, HQ Magazine, March–April 1994
Michele Helmrich, ‘VIII Indian Triennale – Peter Atkins’, Art & Text, vol. 48, 1994
Isana Murti, ‘Crisis in the house of art’, Asian Art News, vol. 4, no. 4, July–August 1994
Terry Ingram, ‘What to watch in 1995’, Australian Financial Review, 29 December 1994
John McDonald, ‘Around the world in holiday snaps’, Sydney Morning Herald,
18 February 1995
Terry Ingram, ‘Art and antique trade goes to Asia’, Australian Financial Review, 6 July 1995
Elwyn Lynn, ‘Double vision’, Australian, 17 February 1995
Donald Williams, In Our Own Image: The Story of Australian Art, 3rd edn, McGraw Hill, Sydney, 1995
Miriam Cosic, ‘To all foreigners: We have art as well as outback’, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 October 1995
Art Monthly, (cover image), Dec–Feb 1995
Peter Ward, ‘State of the arts. What’s hot in 1996’, Weekend Magazine, Australian,
6–7 January 1996
Chris Ashton, ‘Australian contemporary art’, QANTAS Spirit, March–April 1996
Anna Johnson, ‘Art beat’, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 April 1996
Chris Ashton, ‘Off again, on again’, Bulletin, 16 April 1996
‘Sherman to Asia’, Asian Art News, May–June 1996
Neilton Clarke, ‘Beginning at the end’, Daily Yomiuri, 7 June 1996
T. J. McGuire, ‘Down under Asia’, Asahi Evening News, 27 June 1996
‘Probe into an original landscape of multicultural society’, Yomiuri Shimbun Newspaper, 19 July 1996
Tamaki Hara, ‘Probe into the present contemporary art in the southern hemisphere’, Maihichi Gravure-Amuse, no. 14, 24 July 1996
Akihiko Takami, ‘Compounding Australian identity’ (review of Systems End), Bijutsu-Techo, August 1996
Donald Williams & Colin Simpson, Art Now: Contemporary Art Post-1970, book 2, McGraw Hill, Sydney, 1996
Felicity Fenner, catalogue essay, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney, 1996
Anna Johnson, ‘Art’s new wave’, Good Weekend, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 April 1997
‘Exhibit eh? How selling art to Asia raised eyebrows in Sydney’, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 16–22 May 1997
Anna Johnson, ‘In vogue – essentials’, Vogue Australia, May 1997
Sebastian Smee, ‘Hung, drawn and courted’, Sydney Morning Herald, May 1997
Timothy Morrell, ‘Art objects’, catalogue essay, Urban Artefacts, Ipswich Regional Gallery, Queensland, 1997
Antonia Williams, ‘Family matters’, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 August 1997
Bruce James, ‘Galleries’, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 August 1999
Joyce Morgan, ‘Yen for the big league’, Sydney Morning Herald, 31 October 1997
Sebastian Smee, ‘Looking, looking ...’, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald , 24–30 April 1998
Bruce James, ‘Galleries: Inspired by the everyday’, Sydney Morning Herald, 2 May 1998
Margaret Moore, ‘Soft edge’, catalogue essay, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney, 1998
Timothy Morrell, ‘Art and the everyday’, catalogue essay, Exploring Culture and Community for the 21st Century, Global Arts Link, Ipswich, Queensland, 1999
Sebastian Smee, ‘Raising the bar’, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 May 1999
Sebastian Smee, ‘Fandom creates its own comfort zone’, Sydney Morning Herald, 17 April 2000
‘A load of old rubbish’, express/arts, Sunday Telegraph, 2 April 2000
Margaret Meagher, ‘Highly prized’, The Eye, 6–19 April 2000
Simeon Kronenberg, ‘Documenting aesthetic responses’, Accumulation, catalogue essay, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney, February 2000
‘The old becomes the stock of the new’, Australian, 19 May 2000
Paco Barragan, ‘El arte que viene. Con el riesgo por delante’, Subastas, October 2000
Elena Taylor, Uncommon World: Aspects of Contemporary Australian Art, catalogue essay, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 15 July – 22 October 2000
Look Magazine, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, February 2001
Nick Waterlow, ‘A century of collecting 1901–2001’, catalogue essay, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 March – 28 April 2001
Meryl Ryan, ‘The journey’, catalogue essay, Well Connected: Dobell and Company, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, 12 May – 17 June 2001
Max McLean, Handmade, catalogue essay, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, August 2001
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McGraw Hill, Sydney, 2002
Peter Timms, The Shape of Air (Flat), catalogue essay, Bett Gallery, Hobart, 2002
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Deborah Hart, ‘Peter Atkins: Finding beauty in the everyday’, Art & Australia (cover image), vol. 39, no. 4, winter 2002, pp. 568–77
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Wendy Walker, ARCO Madrid, catalogue essay, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, 2003
Daniel Thomas, ‘Tender buttons’, catalogue essay, Peter Atkins 1990-2003, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, 2003
Bruce Armstrong, ‘Why birds?’, MCA Unpacked 2, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2003, pp. 8–9
Max McLean, ‘ Paper forms’, Paper form, catalogue essay, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, November 2003
Jonathan Holmes and Maria Kunda, The Barcelona Studio: Fragments of a Brief History, exhibition catalogue, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 2003, pp. 18, 33
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Martyn Hook, 'House edge, Crown Promenade, Southbank, Melbourne’, Monument, no. 61, June–July 2004, pp. 22–6
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Deborah Hart, ‘Peter Atkins: United States Journal’, Developing a Collection: Acquisitions 2001–2004, Australian Art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2004, pp. 36–7
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December 2005, pp.16–24
Leeta Keens, ‘Street stories’, Belle, August–September 2005, pp. 90–93
Charles Green, Critic's Picks, 'Peter Atkins', Artforum online,
http://www.artforum.com/index.php?pn=picks&place=Sydney#picks10985

Laura Murray Cree (ed.), Twenty: Sherman Galleries 1986–2006, Craftsman House (Thames and Hudson), Melbourne, 2006
Charles Green, Critics Picks, Artforum, 17 May 2006 http://www.artforum.com
Celia Lendi, ‘Salon’, Australian Art Collector, issue 38, October – December 2006, p. 343
‘Sigalit Landau and Peter Atkins’, AICE Newsletter, issue 3, November 2006, p. 7
‘Artnews 2006: Major Australian ar t prizes’, Art & Australia, vol. 44, no. 2, summer 2006, p. 200
Gillian Serisier, “Acquisitions by the public galleries an important guide to “what to buy”’, Australian Art Market Report, no. 22, summer 2006–07, pp. 20–22
Wendy Walker, 'The collections of Peter Atkins and Dana Harris', Art & Australia, vol. 44, no. 3, autumn 2007, pp. 434–39
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Wendy Walker, ‘Peter Atkins’ (nationwide), Art & Australia, vol. 45, no. 1, spring 2007, p. 132






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