Paul Atkins trained as a painter at Chelsea School of Art from 1990 – 1993 and subsequently went on to study MA Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts from 1994 - 1996. Most of his interest and fascination lies with objects and things originating from the artist’s childhood.
“I’ve always loved to draw and make things, to make sense of my experience, and the environment in which I live. As a teenager I developed a strong passion for music, in particular punk and the garage bands of the 1960s and 70s, as well as interests in the art of children and so-called ‘primitive’ art. All of these influences formed the foundation of my visual observations and enquiries into nature, our relationship to the environment and our progression within it.
Much of Atkins imagery is concerned with human beings - our landscape, as well as the inner landscapes incorporating the biological and botanical worlds to which we relate and link.
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 particular reality that has often been the starting point for my practice over the years.