Patrick Atkinson

Patrick Atkinson was born in Charlotte, N.C. in November of 1978. As a curious and expressive baby, his hands were eager to create from the beginning. This developed into an obsession with painting and drawing, when he was a very young child. Patrick enjoyed carried crayons and paper with him everywhere. In fact, his mother often had to pull them out of the tub during bath time. Though Patrick was always responsive to the arts, it had yet to evolve into something serious until his high school years when his art teacher challenged Patrick to pursue art with passion and discipline.

After graduating from high school, Patrick studied fine art at East Carolina University, as well as Queens College in N.C. Shortly thereafter, he met and apprenticed under the late great artist T.L. Lange (1966-2002). Over the next five years, Patrick refined the tone and virtuosity of his work.

According to Patrick, his paintings are derived from an inherent need to generate an impression that will remain long after he is gone. This is evident in his work. He constructs images that are perpetually organic, yet they coexist with personal ideas and are influenced by society. This insures that Patrick’s work will always remain timeless.

By age 24 Patrick's paintings had been exhibited in numerous, prominent galleries including: Hidell Brooks (NC), Mary Martin (SC), Hawthorne Gallery (AL), Mary Bell (IL) and Art Dallas (TX). Patrick also completed an artist in residency at the McColl Center for Visual Arts. His work can also be found in many private and corporate collections, including the Davidson Art Museum and The Charlotte Bobcats.

In recent years, Atkinson’s paintings were carried by Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, Ethan Allen and many other top retailers. When The Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, CA recently underwent renovation, Patrick’s art played a major role in the design of the guestrooms and suites. Recent projects featuring Atkinson’s work include: Madera Hotel, Washington DC; Four Seasons Residences, Seattle WA; Jump Trading, Chicago IL; Renaissance Hotel, Washington DC; and several corporate art collections in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX area.

Patrick Wright Atkinson passed away on October 10, 2012 in Wilmington NC at the age of 33. He is survived by his wife, artist Sarah Atkinson and two children Caspian Wright and Lief Gabriel.