VICTORIA ATKINSON

Victoria was born in 1961.

 

Focusing on posture, Victoria’s androgynous figures are captured at the edge of movement with a gentle reminiscent humour present in their body language.  

 

Using wet clay or plaster, she gains a fluidity that condenses a pose to its bare essentials.  Through this connection with the land she conjures up a sense of coming from the earth and being part of the natural life cycle. Monoliths and stone circles are evident, a sense of perpetual time and the feeling that something so still can evoke so much power. Although the poses of her sculptures are often static, their stillness has a presence.  

“I’m always intrigued by shadows or ghost images of somebody. When you close your eyes, features of a face or posture often don’t emerge but the ‘essence/soul’ of somebody does.”

 

Victoria took her sculpture degree at City and Guilds of London Art School in the late 1980s where the emphasis was on a classical training in life drawing and sculpture. She has also completed several commissioned bronze portraits.

 

Victoria was commissioned to produce a life size bronze statue of Rudyard Kipling for Burwash High Street, which was unveiled in February 2019.

 

Group exhibitions include:

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries

ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries

Society of Portrait Sculptors, FACE

Towner Art Gallery, Sussex Open

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea