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Creek, 2016, Acrylic on Canvas

For Jean Atkinson, nature is often the starting point for her imagery. The artist’s work suggests landscape, relying on colour and texture to convey the essence of the environment.

Atkinson’s abstract landscape paintings display an interwoven connection with man and nature. Using swathes of colour and texture, she employs a visual language that offers the viewer another way of seeing the natural world.

Jean Atkinson

Jean Atkinson is 95 years old. At the age of 16 she went to the Hornsey School of Art, she left after two years without qualifications to do war work. In the late 60s Atkinson began going to the St Albans College of Art for day classes and she obtained a diploma there. When the college began a degree course in Fine Art, she was accepted and gained an honour degree. Atkinson was able to continue printmaking at the University and has attended private Life Drawing Classes for many years.

This artwork was selected for the first Hertfordshire Open Exhibition. The exhibition online galleries are hosted between and and will be launched in stages throughout April 2020.

Over 180 artists with links to Hertfordshire submitted their work to be part of the inaugural exhibition. Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the exhibition features 80 stunning works by the 50 selected artists, creating an exciting mix of work by established artists alongside emerging talent and first-time exhibitors.

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