Erin Cluley Gallery presents William Atkinson: "Storm & Shelter"
Dallas-based artist William Atkinson will unveil his latest works in a solo exhibition, "Storm & Shelter." For Atkinson, "Storm & Shelter" is a continuation of working with paint and collage on canvas while staying true to his roots in street art.
For the better part of a decade, Atkinson has been contemplating the concept of "Storm & Shelter." Believing “Storm” and “Shelter” as irreconcilable ideas which could not exist in the same space, Atkinson felt an internal dichotomy resulting in a creative roadblock.
After years of reflection and revelations from his present life, Atkinson realized these terms are not an either/or but a both/and relationship - not a divergence but a convergence. His exhibition of large format mixed media on canvases is a representation of this realization and convergence. Though it may be a seemingly simple idea to the outside viewer, for the artist, it is a deeply personal discovery. The “Storm” needs the “Shelter” because they define each other – they are in fact simpatico. Convergence, rather than divergence, gives the artist resolution.
The new works combine a language of abstract expressionism, re-appropriation of imagery, typography, and graffiti with the intention of engaging the viewer so they may draw their own conclusions on the topic. The creative energy of each piece is intended to be both an external dialogue and an internal reflective moment. A unique hallmark of Atkinson’s work is that it is all done within a single sitting. There are no “retouches” or alterations of the work; it is truly one creative moment in time.
The exhibition will be on view through December 23.