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Conrad Atkinson

British, b. 1940

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Conrad Atkinson

British, b. 1940

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Conrad Atkinson’s sculptures, paintings, drawings, and public artworks are explicitly political, addressing the suffering of everyday people: miners, AIDS victims, and people poisoned by asbestos contamination, among others. “I try to let my pieces deal with shared contemporary issues of scale and importance, in the forms of land mines, of AIDS, and our real wounds,” he explains. His best-known work is a series of ceramic sculptures based on land mines, which he decorates with gold and pink glazes, often including reproductions of famous artworks on their cylindrical bodies. Similar to artists such as Komar & Melamid, Atkinson uses technical skill and older visual idioms to comment on the ideological power structures of our time.

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MoMA PS1, and 3 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
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Included in a major biennial
Liverpool Biennial
Biography

Conrad Atkinson’s sculptures, paintings, drawings, and public artworks are explicitly political, addressing the suffering of everyday people: miners, AIDS victims, and people poisoned by asbestos contamination, among others. “I try to let my pieces deal with shared contemporary issues of scale and importance, in the forms of land mines, of AIDS, and our real wounds,” he explains. His best-known work is a series of ceramic sculptures based on land mines, which he decorates with gold and pink glazes, often including reproductions of famous artworks on their cylindrical bodies. Similar to artists such as Komar & Melamid, Atkinson uses technical skill and older visual idioms to comment on the ideological power structures of our time.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Liverpool Biennial