Belgrave St Ives - Modern & Contemporary Art

Ray Atkins

Ray Atkins (b.1937)

Ray Atkins is a British figurative artist, member of the St Ives School & the London Group, and educator. He was born in 1937 in Exeter, Devon, and studied art at Bromley College of Art and at the Slade School of Fine Art. He is known particularly for his large paintings, painted in situ over a period of weeks or months.

Atkins taught at Bournemouth College of Art from 1965-70, at Reading University's Department of Fine Art under Claude Rogers, and in 1971 at Epsom School of Art. He went on to paint in Cornwall, teaching at Falmouth School of Art. In 2009, he moved to France, where he continues to paint.

After graduating from the Slade in 1964, Atkins initially worked in London. He was influenced by the painting of Frank Auerbach, and while he was at the Slade School of Fine Art for postgraduate studies he worked in Auerbach's studio. Before leaving London he completed a series of large paintings of Millwall Dock.

Atkins taught at Bournemouth College of Art from 1965-70. He moved to Reading in 1970 to teach at Reading University's Department of Fine Art, where he worked alongside John Wonnacott. Atkins' style of teaching was to paint alongside the students. Frank Auerbach, who was an occasional visiting tutor at Reading, commented on this in conversation with Atkins: 'I was very impressed by that fact that unlike most teachers [...] you seemed to be spending all your time in the room with the students. Setting an example, the best thing you could do.'

In 1974 he moved to Cornwall, where he taught at Falmouth School of Art. In his own art, he produced a series of paintings of the industrial heritage of Cornwall: old mines, quarries and the open cast china clay pits around St Austell and on Bodmin Moor. He became a member of the London Group in 1978.

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Solo Exhibitions

1970: Piers Morris Gallery, London
1974: Whitechapel Art Gallery
1977: Newlyn Art Gallery:
1983: Royal Institution of Cornwall, Truro
1985: Galerie Leisten und Thiesen, Munster, Germany
1988: Eurogallery, London
1989: New Paintings Art Space Gallery, London
1991: New Paintings Art Space Gallery, London
1993: New Paintings Art Space Gallery, London
1995: New Paintings Art Space Gallery, London
1996: Ray Atkins retrospective, Art Space Gallery, London
1996: Ray Atkins retrospective, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
1997: Kilkenny Arts Week, Kilkenny Castle Ireland, (invited artist)
1998: New Paintings, Art Space Gallery, London
1999: Ray Atkins and the Figure, Art Space Gallery, London
2001: Broken Ground, Wheal Jane mine, Truro (in collaboration with poet Peter Redgrove and composer Paul Hancock
2001: Rhythm of the Seasons, Art Space Gallery, London
2003: Paintings 2003, Art Space Gallery, London
2005: Paintings 2005, Art Space Gallery, London
2007: Paintings and Drawings 2007, Art Space Gallery, London
2009: Aspet s'Expose (invité d'honneur), Aspet, Haute- PaintingsGaronne, France
2011: Ray Atkins: The Long View: from Cornwall to the Pyrenees, Art Space Gallery, London and touring:
2012: Ray Atkins: The Long View: from Cornwall to the Pyrenees, Dean Clough Art Gallery, Halifax, West Yorkshire
2014: Jean Marmignon Theatre Gallery, St Gaudens, France
2015: At the Forest's Edge Art Space Gallery, London
2016: The Reading Years Reading Museum, Reading, UK

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Selected Group Exhibitions

1961 onwards: London Group exhibitions.
1964: Young Contemporaries
1968: From Life, Camden Arts Centre
1974: British Painting '74, Hayward Gallery, London
1978: Newlyn Society at Pont Aven, Brittany, France
1982: Summer Show I, Serpentine Gallery, London
1983: Cleveland International Drawing Biennale
1984: Dortmund Art Fair, Germany
1985: Royal Society of British Artists(invited artist), Mall Galleries, London
1986: Twentieth Century British Artists and the Sea, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
1989: Salute to Turner, Agnew's, London
1995: Royal Academy summer exhibition
2001: The London Group at the Walk
2005: Tree-Mendous, Falmouth Art Gallery
2011: Flashback, Art Space Gallery, London