Toby Atkins is a London-based artist and freelance illustrator. He graduated from Norwich School of Art and Design in 2008 with a 1st class BA (hons) degree in Graphic Design - Illustration. His work centres around a firm grasp of historical styles and techniques that enable him to gently satirise modern society in a uniquely comical manner. His diverse artistic interests include anatomical illustration, mythology, anthropomorphism, the Blues, ukiyo-e print masters, Akira Kurosawa films, and 50's graphic novels. History of art directly informs his approach to each brief; his love of drawing forms the foundation of his versatile use of media.
Split Curiosity Disorder: a fictitious affliction in which the subject cannot be restricted to work in one manner or style, instead choosing to change it frequently, depending on what is being drawn or a particular preoccupation. It can become so chronic that art directors become befuddled as they struggle to pigeon-hole the subject, and agents run away, sometimes screaming. It usually occurs due to the subject’s love of drawing in all its multifarious forms and a restless addiction to the exploration of new methods. Inevitably, the subject has to learn to live with an increasingly fragmented portfolio.
Toby Atkins is a lifetime sufferer of this ailment but, with great effort and determination, has managed to confine his style to just two favourites for this exhibition: natural history illustration and Japanese ukiyo-e prints. His latest series, Natural Curiosities, is the largest and most complex set of screenprints he has yet produced, inspired by nineteenth-century collectors’ cabinets of stag beetles and other mounted entomology. Combining detailed engraving-style illustrations of insects with the bold, graphic shapes of astronomical bodies, they attempt to link the massive and the minute.
Toby’s Sakura Beer posters were inspired by the Sapporo Beer Museum in Hokkaido, Northern Japan, and its beer posters for the Sapporo, Kirin and Asahi companies from the turn of the 20th Century. These are Toby’s take on those posters, combining the aesthetic of traditional old Japanese ukiyo-e (woodblock) prints - in this case, particularly the work of Hokusai and Utamaro - with a fresher colour palette and a contemporary kick.
Sadly, there is no known cure as yet for Fictitious Split Curiosity Disorder, though it is thought to be beneficial for the sufferer to have their work admired. Please be aware that the Curiosity condition is, however, highly contagious and can lead, on occasion, to the loss of feline life for some unknown reason…
Toby Atkins - Illustration & Printmaking
For more information please find a link below to Toby's first ever interview with HATCH ART
All artwork will be available for sale.
Wednesday 22nd February - Sunday 26th March 2017
(Wednesday – Sunday)
Exhibition curated by Rebecca Dick
>DRINKS AND FOOD DEALS
Happy Hour 5pm - 8pm
2-4-1 Split Curiosity Disorder Cocktail
2-4-1 Haunt Beer
£15- Bottle of House Red/ White Wine
Food- Steamtown Burger Co
Bringing Bourbon-Steamed burgers and other delectable treats your way
Contact us to reserve your table:
020 7249 1203
This means you can indulge that little bit more.
This is a free open event, all are welcome.
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