Floyd Atkins (b. 1957)
Floyd Atkins, who lives and works in Chicago, has been painting, drawing and using various forms of mixed media for many years. He is a former art educator in the Chicago Public School system. A graduate of Clark University with a degree in fine art, Floyd studied under the renowned artist John Riddle and also studied at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he lectured on Art History in the early 1980s. His work has been purchased by various city government agencies as well as private collectors such as master collector Paul Jones. Floyd is published in a “How-to Book” by the Chinese government for their students. He was nominated for the 2003 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant. In 2004, Floyd was one of eleven artists from the United States invited to the eighth annual Summer Summit in Poetovio, Slovenia.
I think it is important in this “me” generation and in this egotistical and self-centered country that I try to stay grounded and deliver a message with an unbiased opinion. My primary goal and personal revolution is to observe and interpret today’s popular culture and how it relates to the Black community. Hopefully, this activity goes beyond mere entertainment and serves as an account of things as they really exist. These accounts are normally in sharp contrast to today’s politically correct mindset, which has taken the place of our strong voice of truthfulness.
I create my work primarily in oils; however, I do not hesitate to incorporate anything that I feel will help deliver my message. I sometimes mix mortar, textured beads and modeling paste together along with the oils to create a three-dimensional composition.