Peter Atkins: Jazz - Art Collector

Peter Atkins, Jay Jay Johnson Vol 1 (after Reid Miles), 201. Acrylic on tarp, 215 x 205 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney

Peter Atkins’s new works tap into the core fundamentals of jazz - intuition, composition, appropriation, arrangement, spontaneity and, in particular, improvisation. Atkins manipulates original jazz album covers by enlarging, flipping, distorting and adding various elements from a range of divergent sources including cassettes and book covers to create newly composed images that personify the ethos of the jazz age.

Atkins highlights his choice of canvas, using old painter’s drop sheets and tarpaulin as the field for his paintings. The stitching, paint stains, splatters and imperfections provide a readymade narrative that converges with the painted image, thus adding further layers to the work. The result is a series of paintings that defy categorization. Just as great jazz moments are realized, the works in
Jazz contain elements that are real and imagined, abstract and figurative - as if existing only as a series of moments composed in space and time.

Opening: 6pm Thursday 27 June 2013
Exhibition closes: 20 July 2013
Location: Martin Browne Contemporary, 15 Hampden Street, Paddington NSW 2021
Contact: 02 9331 7997

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