Michael Atkin creates limited edition etchings, lino prints, fine art books and wood engravings. Images are figurative, narrative and located in the Yorkshire countryside. It is an imagined or remembered place. In the more vigorous of these country idylls; opposites are composed, reconciled: shadow and sunlight, water and woodland, valley and hillside.I have a blurred map of connections, of things seen, things read, places visited and other things, which once amalgamated form the imagery I conceive and commit to print. The landscape is imagined as an assemblage pieced together with vivid elements. People are dwarfed by the landscape. Images evolve from brief outline sketches made in sketchbooks. The desired composition is etched with nitric acid onto copper plates or cut into lino-blocks or end grain boxwood as engravings. The variety of mediums used by Michael requires a constant reappraisal of the image to be portrayed. With the recent addition of wood engraving, Michael wishes to add even greater detail to his work.
With over 40 years experience in printmaking Michael is convinced that prints which are handmade have a bright and prosperous future. Self-employed artist printmaker since 1974, he founded his own 'Private Press' in 1974 entitled 'Bracken press'. He completed his education at Middlesbrough College of Art (Foundation) before moving onto completing a diploma at Maidstone College of Art and moving and studying at Ecole Des Beaux Arts, Paris.
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