Robin Atkinson
Waterford-Based Landscape Artist, Working in Oils, Watercolours and Acrylics



Cloud On Comeragh Mountain

Robin Atkinson (b.1945)

No online images can possibly do justice to the colours and atmospheric effects of Atkinson's beautiful landscapes, which portray an extraordinarily wide range of scenic views, seasons and times of the day. For more examples, you must visit his website (see below for details).

In addition to his landscape art, Atkinson has also produced a range of highly detailed, colourful genre scenes and streetscapes of Donegal, which are also viewable on his website. He is also a portraitist and figure-painter, as well as an accomplished cartoonist.

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Much of his time is taken up fulfilling private commissions, and he is always delighted to talk through an individual's requirements at length.

Atkinson has sold paintings throughout the world: principally in America, Canada, U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Italy, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Born in Durham, England, Atkinson enjoyed a highly successful career in education and banking, before turning to painting full-time in 1989, at the age of 44.

Initially, he moved to County Down, showing his work in galleries across Northern Ireland, and at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin. In 1994, he moved to Donegal where he spent the next nine years running the independent Killaghtee studio and gallery, and became an Irish citizen. In 2003, he and his wife moved to his present studio in Waterford.

As an artist, he takes his inspiration from the world around him, working mainly in watercolour and acrylics, but sometimes in oils and other media. He paints rural and urban scenes in plein-air, capturing figures in close-up as they catch his attention, sometimes using a palette knife rather than a brush to achieve his effects. His main preoccupation is to capture the 'moment' - particularly the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere. His paintings are noted for their strong colour and atmospheric mood.

By way of a complete contrast, he is also an experienced cartoonist. In 2005, a series of his cartoons were published in the weekly newspaper The Irish Catholic.

His work has been shown in solo exhibitions in Ireland and the United States, at venues including: Matthews Gallery, Tampa, Florida; The Narrowspace Gallery, Clonmel, Tipperary; and Bangor Castle, North Down. It has also been represented in group exhibitions, in galleries including: McGilloway Gallery (Derry); the Bell Gallery (Belfast); Sheldon Gallery (County Down); Horner Gallery (Magherafelt, Co Derry); Gilmore Gallery (Portaferry, County Down); Ormonde Gallery (Belfast), and Killaghtee Gallery (Donegal).

Our Opinion

Anyone who enjoys the rich Irish landscape will be tempted by Robin Atkinson's beautiful works. If you have a particular scenic view in mind, ask him about commissions. He will be delighted to discuss your ideas.

To contact Robin Atkinson, or to see more examples of his art, please visit his website: www.robinatkinson.com

Review written by Neil Collins (Editor) (June 2008).

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