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Conrad Atkinson (b.1940) is one of the most important international artists of his generation, noted for his unflinching and often provocative approach to social and political themes. Atkinson's ceramic landmines are inextricably linked to his ideas about landscape and make a powerful anti-war statement. Women and children are often the victims of these lethal weapons and Atkinson's ceramic landmines reference both historic paintings of women and children (in one case well-known Renoir paintings) and factory ceramics (through the ‘cheap’ looking application of these images). These sculptural pieces have the power to shock; they look like interesting objects and draw you in with the copies of familiar Renoir paintings, before you realise that they are manufactured to kill and maim people as well as destroying the landscape.

Nottingham City Museums & Galleries






Accession number

NCMG 2017-25/1

Acquisition method

purchased from the artist, 2017

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on top: 'Especially for you'


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Nottingham City Museums & Galleries

Nottingham City Council, Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG2 3NG England

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