ATKINSON, Anthony Claude

1929 - 2014

Anthony Atkinson

Anthony Claude Atkinson, was born at Croydon, London on 20 July 1929, son of Claude Charles Atkinson (1893-1979), an advertising & graphic artist, and his wife Antoinette Louise née Howgego (1901-1993), who married at Richmond, Surrey in 1923. Educated at Wimbledon College and studied at Wimbledon School of Art 1945-1950, continuing his training at the Royal College of Art, London 1951-1955 and, through one of his tutors, Carel Weight (1908-1997), found a position at the Colchester School of Art in 1955. The following year, he was awarded the post of lecturer and in 1964, became head of the school, taking over from John Scorror O'Connor and in 1976 Head of the Faculty of Art and Music, Colchester Institute of Higher Education. Atkinson's paintings were reproduced as posters for London Transport 1956-1966, which included advertisements for the annual London Boat Race in 1956 and posters depicting the countryside around Runnymede promoting day trips 'beyond the city'. Well known for his landscapes of Essex and the East Anglian countryside, in particular of the Boxted region and Mersey Island. Anthony makes preparatory sketches and studies en plein air, and returns to his studio to make final paintings. The Norfolk countryside and coastline was a popular subject in the past for artists such as J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, John Sell Cotman and Thomas Kerrich, and was explored by Atkinson in a group of early oil paintings from the 1960s. More recent paintings of Provence and the South of France demonstrate Atkinson's adeptness also for gouache; a medium for which he has championed and written. He exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club from the Coach House, Great Horkesley, Essex in 1977, two paintings, 'Near Higham' and 'Winter at Boxted' and has exhibited at the Royal Academy from 9a Victoria Road, Colchester in 1960 'Gravel Pit near Abingdon', in 1961 'Gravel Pit near Radley', in 1962 'Landscape at Boxted' and 'Meadows near Boxted' in 1965 'West Mersea' and from Coach House, Great Horkesley, Essex in 1966 'Stream near Boxted', in 1967 'Boxted Water Meadows' snf 'Stream near Boxted', in 1968 'Winter Landscape' and 'Boxted Mill', in 1969 'Corner of a Field, Boxted, Essex', in 1970 'Bridge at Boxted' and finally in 1979 'May Landscape, Boxted' also showing The Minories, Colchester; Leighton House Gallery, London; Gainsborough's House, Sudbury; Mercury Gallery, Colchester; British Council, Kuwait; Cambridge University; A Survey of Influential East Anglican Artists, Chappel Galleries; Colchester Art Society; Phoenix Gallery, Lavenham and John Russell Gallery, Ipswich. In the 1990s, he organised group exhibitions at Ernst & Young that introduced and promoted young painters to a new audience. In 2000, Atkinson was elected President of Colchester Art Society. He married at Hampstead, London in 1959, Joan I. Rowlands [Dawson] and had one son and a step-daughter. Anthony Claude Atkinson died at his home, Coach House, 67 Coach Road, Great Horkesley, on 4 August 2014.

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