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Ewan Atkinson

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Ewan Atkinson (Born 1975, Bridgetown, Barbados) is a Barbadian visual artist. He studied Digital Art and Printmaking at the Atlanta College of Art in 1998 and received an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of the West Indies, Barbados in 2014. He is the coordinator of the BFA Studio Art at the Barbados Community College.


Since his 2007 solo exhibition, Fictions, at Zemicon Gallery, Barbados, Atkinson has primarily been invested in his The Neighbourhood Project, an expansive body of work chronicling a fictional environment of characters. Digital photography, drawing, collage, writing, installation and printmaking are often used in his work. Manifesting as posters, field notes and other traces and paraphernalia of The Neighbourhood's residents, Atkinson takes on the role of archaeologist and archivist in excavating the remains of his fictional community. Describing The Neighbourhood Project, [1] Atkinson writes:

The Neighbourhood Project investigates the development of persona and character within the social boundaries that might define or confine a community. Conflicts between community and the individual are explored and interrogated. What value systems control idealized social roles and moral positions? Who keeps these ideals in place? Using The Neighbourhood as an object of study, I examine the production of meaning, and how it creates or hinders an individual's sense of self.

In 2015, Atkinson produced series of travel posters, Only in Our Imagination, for the 11th edition of the Havana Biennial. The posters were produced in both English and Spanish, and pasted on walls around Casablanca, Havana, inviting viewers "to venture to the Neighbourhood as a desirable tourist destination".[2] In 2017, Only in Our Imagination was installed in Hastings, Barbados during the 13th edition of Caribbean Festival of Arts.[3]

In 2016, Atkinson was invited to participate in Caribbean Queer Visualities, an exhibition organised by the Small Axe Project at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, as part of Outburst Queer Arts Festival Belfast. In this exhibition, Atkinson presented an installation, Select Pages from the Fieldnotes of Dr. Tobias Boz, Anthrozoologist, "a portfolio of twenty-one digitally manipulated works" interrogating "the discipline of anthropology and thus the whole project of colonial sense making and knowledge production through which we understand concepts such as genealogy and inheritance, intimacy, longing, shame, and belonging."[4]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. "About Ewan". Ewan Atkinson.
  2. "Allison Thompson, Ewan Atkinson: Boy Next Door". Caribbean Beat Magazine.
  3. "Adam Patterson, The Sway of the Fence: Notes on Contemporary Barbadian Society through the work of Ewan Atkinson & George Lamming". ARC Magazine.
  4. "Jafari S. Allen, A Queer Decipherment of Select Pages from the Fieldnotes of Dr. Tobias Boz, Anthrozoologist" (PDF). Small Axe.

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