Jerry Atkins

Woven Stories

March 4 - March 24, 2023

Reception: Thursday, March 9, 2023, 6-8 PM

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Jerry Atkin’s minimalist bronze sculptures probe the depths of the human psyche. Having practiced psychiatry for many years, the artist translates his intimate knowledge of psychological conditions into works of heart-rending poignancy. Atkins grew up with his maternal grandparents-immigrants from Hungary who were both deaf mutes. His grandmother learned to read and write from nuns, while his grandfather remained illiterate and worked as a tailor in the sweatshops of the Lower East Side, all his life. The sense of almost total isolation from the world and the pervasive sadness the artist felt living alongside them is reflected in his work. His figures-stylized depictions of people, animals, and inanimate objects–are trapped in their helplessness and inertia, sometimes physically so, as their bodies are impaled with rods, hung with a rope, caged, or crucified. Although partly inspired by personal experiences–such as in Boatswain, honoring a lost pet, or Smoking Man, about a roommate who died young as a result of smoking–Atkins’ oeuvre ecompasses all of humankind. It stands as a metaphor for humans’ never ending struggle to make sense of the world and the desperation that accompanies their inexorable defeat. Always working alone, isolated, and without support or involvement from other artists or the greater art world, Jerry focuses on expressing his inner self through his art. The artist wants to reduce the influence of materialism and corruption.

Atkins received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Rutgers University and a medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, namely the Witte Museum, San Antonio, Kornblatt Gallery, Washington DC, and Roko Gallery and Kraushaar Galleries, New York. Atkins is one of the top poker players in the world and takes part in tournaments to this day. Having lived in Greenwich Village most of his life, he now resides and works in Brooklyn.

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Jerry Atkins

Woven Stories

March 4 - March 24, 2023

Reception: Thursday, March 9, 2023, 6-8 PM

Wheelchair
Wheelchair

Cast Bronze
23" x 28"

Jerry Atkin’s minimalist bronze sculptures probe the depths of the human psyche. Having practiced psychiatry for many years, the artist translates his intimate knowledge of psychological conditions into works of heart-rending poignancy. Atkins grew up with his maternal grandparents-immigrants from Hungary who were both deaf mutes. His grandmother learned to read and write from nuns, while his grandfather remained illiterate and worked as a tailor in the sweatshops of the Lower East Side, all his life. The sense of almost total isolation from the world and the pervasive sadness the artist felt living alongside them is reflected in his work. His figures-stylized depictions of people, animals, and inanimate objects–are trapped in their helplessness and inertia, sometimes physically so, as their bodies are impaled with rods, hung with a rope, caged, or crucified. Although partly inspired by personal experiences–such as in Boatswain, honoring a lost pet, or Smoking Man, about a roommate who died young as a result of smoking–Atkins’ oeuvre ecompasses all of humankind. It stands as a metaphor for humans’ never ending struggle to make sense of the world and the desperation that accompanies their inexorable defeat. Always working alone, isolated, and without support or involvement from other artists or the greater art world, Jerry focuses on expressing his inner self through his art. The artist wants to reduce the influence of materialism and corruption.

Atkins received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Rutgers University and a medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, namely the Witte Museum, San Antonio, Kornblatt Gallery, Washington DC, and Roko Gallery and Kraushaar Galleries, New York. Atkins is one of the top poker players in the world and takes part in tournaments to this day. Having lived in Greenwich Village most of his life, he now resides and works in Brooklyn.

Wheelchair
Wheelchair
The Spinx
The Spinx
Old Age
Old Age
Untitled
Untitled
Two Creatures
Two Creatures
Basic Human
Basic Human
Self Portrait In Cage
Self Portrait In Cage
Red Cat 1
Red Cat 1
My Buddha
My Buddha
Helpless
Helpless
Lost Cause
Lost Cause
Boatswain, epitaph for a dog
Boatswain, epitaph for a dog
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Woven Stories | March 4 - March 24, 2023

The Infinity of Thoughts
50" x 50" - Acrylic on Canvas
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