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Black Zuou by Eric Atkinson


A monochromatic canvas in which strong black forms, including a gestural letter Z, are laid down over a thin oil wash of lighter and darker tones worked with a brush, or spattered with thinner. These are overlaid with fine calligraphic lines, and brushed dabs and drops of black paint.
Artist:Eric Atkinson
Artwork type:painting
Style/Period:abstract/ 1960s
Material:oil on canvas and wood
Measurements:705 x 910 mm
Technique:easel painting
Date:1965
Location:University of Leeds Art Collection
Culture:English
Rights owner:Eric Atkinson
Rights status:UK HE use only
Institution:University of Leeds
Notes:This painting was produced when Eric Atkinson was teaching at Leeds College of Art, and is evidence of the impact that Harry Thubron and other artists working at the College had on Atkinson's work. His earlier style was representational, often focused on landscape. His work at Leeds shifts to a dynamic and expressive abstraction.
It was exhibited at the Leeds Students' Art Festival "Form and Image" Exhibition of International Art in March 1966

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