Financial Times: Billboard Wednesday September 17, 1986
Lithograph with acrylic paint, in four sections
About the work
Employing artistic licence, Conrad Atkinson re-presents front page stories on an issue of the Financial Times from 1986 (see also a second work by the artist, The Wall Street Journal: Billboard Saturday July 15, 1985, GAC 18342). On each work, four lithographs have been arranged to form a scaled up broadsheet. Deftly interweaving art and culture with politics and business, Atkinson name-checks past and present artists alongside well-known figures. These ‘stories’ are darkly comic reflections on 1980s life and politics.
Born in Cleator Moor, Cumbria, Conrad Atkinson studied art in Carlisle, Liverpool and at the Royal Academy, London. His socially engaged practice has included explorations of British strikes of the 1970s; Emily Brontë's novel, Wuthering Heights, in context to modern-day immigration issues; and international landmine campaigns. His works often play upon the links between British radical thought and 19th-century Romanticist art and literature.
About the artist
Conrad Atkinson (1940 - )
- Financial Times: Billboard Wednesday September 17, 1986
- Lithograph with acrylic paint, in four sections
- Four panels, height 151 cm, width 102 cm each
- Purchased from the artist, July 2010
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