Throughout her career, painter Judith M. Atkinson has been captivated by the ancient Western world and themes of feminine empowerment, mystical journeys and mythological figures. Her experiences with antiquity, heightened by recent travels to significant archaeological sites such as Delphi, the Parthenon and ruins in Sicily, are brought into her paintings, both abstract and representational. In her newest body of work, Atkinson dives deeply into a painterly exploration of sacred sites, the cosmos and Greek mythology to create a large-scale installation environment designed specifically for the Art Gallery at Evergreen, complemented by a soundscape composed by Joël Tibbits.
Judith M. Atkinson is an artist whose work ranges from painting, to assemblage sculpture with nontraditional materials, to installation works with sound and dance performances. In addition to exhibiting extensively across the Lower Mainland, she is also a fine art instructor at Langara College, Vancouver, and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, and has been an artist-in-residence with the Vancouver School Board and the Vancouver Parks Board. She has designed and led painting tours for Langara College to Tuscany, Italy, a country where she also completed some of her training. Atkinson received her Advanced Diploma, Honours in Painting, awarded by Jack Shadbolt, from Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver, and also studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and Capilano College, North Vancouver. She is the recipient of awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, and the Banff Centre. Atkinson is a gardener and active in the environmental and political communities, including contributing to the book Carmanah: Artistic Visions of an Ancient Giant Rainforest. She is based in Port Moody, BC.
All images: Installation view of Judith Atkinson: The Return of the Goddess, exhibition at the Art Gallery at Evergreen, 2018, Photo: Rachel Topham Photography.