Jerry Atkins’ extensive work as a sculptor is deeply rooted in his ideas about the human psyche and his own sense of self.
As a young man, initial interests in science, particularly psychology, led Atkins towards a career in psychiatry. He completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry at Rutgers University in 1961 and later received a medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and a certification in psychoanalysis.
All the while, Atkins’ creative interests were a constant source of fulfillment. When uninspired by his coursework as a medical student, he often skipped classes to attend pottery workshops, honing in on his natural talent for sculpture.
His formal artistic studies began at the McNay Art Institute in San Antonio, Texas, where he continued to learn the ceramic technique. Recognition of his work came immediately in 1970 at the Witte Memorial Museum in San Antonio. His sculpture Dead Animal Box was included in an exhibition and awarded a sculpture prize by a jury led by David Winfield Scott, founding Director of the National Gallery of Art.
Motivated by his achievements, Atkins soon returned to New York City and established a studio practice in Woodstock, NY in tandem with a practice as a psychoanalyst. In his initial work as a ceramic sculptor, Atkins created mythical animal forms which he fired in the large catenary arch kiln he built at his studio. As his interests grew and his artistic techniques developed, he began to concentrate on stylized human forms representing authoritative, interpretive renditions of all aspects of the human condition. Since the 1980s, he has cast his work in bronze and resin editions of five.
Critics have praised Atkins' ability to capture and portray a wide range of emotion and human feeling in startling new and creative forms. He has been represented by three galleries in New York City: The Roko Gallery for two years, Art Latitude Gallery for one year, and The Kraushaar Galleries for twenty years. At the Kraushaar Galleries, his work was exhibited in three solo exhibitions and numerous group shows. During this period, he was also represented by the Kornblatt Gallery in Washington D.C.
Following Antoinette Kraushaar’s retirement, Atkins left the gallery to pursue new visions in the development of his work. In the early 1990's he designed a house and studio in a secluded rural setting in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey where he currently produces new work.
1961 B.A. - Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
1965 M.D. - NYU Medical School, New York, NY
1970 McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX
1990 Private Studio Exhibition, WCOU Walls, New York, NY
1986 Kraushaar Galleries, New York, NY
1983 Kraushaar Galleries, New York, NY
1982 Kornblatt Gallery, Washington, DC
1981 Kraushaar Galleries, New York, NY
1977 Roko Gallery, New York, NY
2017 Duality: Glimpses of the Other Side, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
2017 All Art +: Murmuration, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York, NY
2017 January Salon Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016 SHIM Pop-Up Exhibition, 481 Washington Street, New York, NY
2011 Sources • Origins, Bancroft Gallery, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA
2010 Annual Northeast Juried Exhibition, Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT
2009 Dwellings, Still Point Art Gallery, Brunswick, ME
2009 Gesture, Action, Expression & Animal Nation, Caladan Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2009 ArtPrize, Brass Works Building, Grand Rapids, MI
2009 What's the Big Idea?, Northbrook Library, Wheaton, IL
2009 A Show of Heads, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY
1981 Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock, NY
1980 - 2002 Various Group Exhibitions, Kraushaar Galleries, New York, NY
1979 Group Show, Art Latitude Gallery, New York, NY
1971 Group Show, Sol Del Rio Gallery, San Antonio, TX
1970 40th Annual Group Exhibition, Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, TX