Ray Atkins

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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.


After graduating from the Slade in 1964, Atkins initially worked in London before moving to Reading in 1970 to take up a teaching post. In 1974 he moved to Cornwall. Since 2009 he has been living in the Haute Garonne in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. Ray Atkins is represented by Art Space Gallery | Michael Richardson Contemporary Art London since 1989.


Atkins' works can be found in many public and private collections, including the British Council,[1] the Arts Council of England,[2] the British Museum,[3] the Newlyn Art Gallery and Reading University's collection.


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

Selected Group Exhibitions


Buckman David, (2006), Artists in Britain since 1945, Vol 2, Art Dictionaries Ltd, Bristol


  1. ^ Ray Atkins' Green Gorse, 1991, from the British Council collection Archived 13 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Ray Atkins' Carharrack II, 1983, from the Arts Council collection
  3. ^ Ray Atkins on the British Museum website

External links

  • the Guardian on Ray Atkins' 2012 exhibition at Dean Clough
  • 4 paintings by or after Ray Atkins at the Art UK site
  • Art critic William Feaver on Ray Atkins' work
  • Paintings on the move, Reading Museum
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