I studied Fine Art Painting at Harrow School of Art in 1990. I trained at Chelsea School of Art & Design from 1990-1993, completing a BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree, specialising in Painting. I gained an MA Printmaking Degree at Camberwell College of Arts from 1994-1996. From 1997 to 2000 I worked as a Printmaking Technician at London Print Studio and as a Printmaking Technician on the BA Fine Art course at the Roehampton Institute. During this period I was also employed as an editioning printer/ assistant for Sky Editions.
From 2000 to 2005 I was employed as the Printmaking Technical Services Co-ordinator at Croydon College. In January 2006 I took up current employment as the Printmaking Technical Co-ordinator at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London.
As a painter and printmaker I continue to make and exhibit work both in the UK and abroad.
“Most of my interest and fascination with objects and things originated from my childhood.In the 1970’s and 1980’s my love of films such as Star Wars, and serials such as Flash Gordon generated in me a strong interest in mythology. I’ve always loved to draw and make things, to make sense of my experience, and the environment in which I live. Man’s unique place in the world and ultimately the universe got me thinking at a young age ‘What the HELL are we here for?’
Someone asked William Burroughs’s ‘Why are we here?’ He replied: ‘We are here to GO!’ This mythic way of thinking certainly influenced and suggested to me the purpose of man’s spiritual and psychological journey in the late 20th and early 21st century.
I found expression in the mediums of various Printmaking processes, through Painting as well as occasionally three-dimensional pieces. The work on show is a culmination of nearly 28 years of an investigation. I trained as a Painter and as a Printmaker and I suppose these are the mediums that I feel most strongly about.
As a teenager I developed a strong passion for music, in particular punk and the garage bands of the 1960’s and 70’s, as well as interests in the art of children and primitive art. All of these influences formed the foundation of my visual observations and enquiries into nature, man’s relationship to the environment and his progression within it.
Much of my imagery is concerned with us as human beings, our landscape, as well as the inner landscapes incorporating the biological and botanical worlds to which we relate and link. I made various studies of plants, of landscapes and of living creatures within these habitats, both real and imagined.
Everything as I see it is in a constant state of symbiosis, of metamorphosis between objects and beings. This is often the way children experience in their grasp to make sense of things and it is this common ground that has often been the starting point for my practice over the years.”
Paul Atkins writes of himself ” I was born in London in 1971. In 1980 I moved to Malvern in Worcestershire and from 1982 to 1989 I attended the John Masefield High School in Ledbury, Herefordshire. In 1989 I moved to London where I completed my Foundation Studies in 1990, specialising in Fine Art Painting at Harrow College of Art (now the University of Westminster).I studied BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting from 1990 to 1993 at Chelsea College of Art & Design and graduated in 1996 from Camberwell College of Arts with an MA in Printmaking.
I currently teach Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts and am the co-founder of DBA Editions with my partner Fiona de Bulat at our workshop in Ramsgate, by the Kent coast. We have resided in Ramsgate since 2009 where we live with our three daughters.”