Terry Atkinson

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Terry Atkinson
Thurnscoe, Yorkshire
Known forConceptual art

Terry Atkinson (born 1939) is an English artist.

Atkinson was born in Thurnscoe, near Barnsley, Yorkshire. Terry Atkinson was born in 1939. He lives in Leamington Spa, England with his wife, artist Sue Atkinson, with whom he has frequently collaborated. In 1967, he began to teach art at the Coventry School of Art while producing conceptual works, sometimes in collaboration with Michael Baldwin. In 1968 they, together with Harold Hurrell and David Bainbridge who also taught at Coventry, formed Art & Language, a group whose influence on other artists both in the UK and in the United States is widely acknowledged.[1][2][3] Atkinson was founder-member (with colleagues John Bowstead, Roger Jeffs and Bernard Jennings) of the group Fine-Artz (1963), and (with David Bainbridge, Michael Baldwin and Harold Hurrell) of the group Art & Language (1968–74), two of the most influential collectives in contemporary Western art.[4][5]

Atkinson stopped teaching at Coventry in 1973 and the following year left Art & Language.[6] He has since exhibited under his own name, including at the 1984 Venice Biennale. In 1985 he was nominated for the Turner Prize.[7]

Atkinson taught art at the University of Leeds.


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  2. ^ "BBC – Coventry and Warwickshire Culture – Art and Language". BBC. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Largest Art & Language Collection Finds Home – artnet News". artnet News. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  4. ^ Crow, Thomas; Crow, Thomas; Crow, Thomas; Tickner, Lisa; Weinberg, Jonathan; Nead, Lynda; Seago, Alex; Massey, Anne; Aspinall, Kate (30 November 2017). "Art by the Many: London Style Cults of the 1960s". British Art Studies (7). doi:10.17658/issn.2058-5462/issue-07/conversation. ISSN 2058-5462.
  5. ^ "Lanchester Gallery Projects | Artists | Terry Atkinson". lanchestergalleryprojects.org.uk. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Terry Atkinson". frieze. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  7. ^ "20 years of Turner prize-winners index | | guardian.co.uk Arts". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 January 2018.

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