Abstract Composition - Mayor Gallery



Artist & Poet

[ 1873 - 1931 ]  

Biographical information from the Tate:

Atkinson was considerably older than most of his fellow Vorticists. He trained as a musician in Paris and Berlin before taking up painting. Much of his early work has been lost, however, he appears to have painted landscapes in a fauvist style. According to the painter Kate Lechmere, Atkinson's work underwent a dramatic transformation under the influence of Wyndham Lewis whose work he saw at the Rebel Art Centre. In 1915 he published a collection of poems called 'Aura'. In these poems he extolled his passion for the 'undiscovered Countries' of the modern metropolis whose 'flame-bound windows/And their lightning shadows...tune the stolid rhythms
of the walls/To the brilliant harmonies/Of the greater moment-'.

September 2004

Cover Image: The Sky Pilot by Lawrence Atkinson
Wheels, Third Cycle


Lawrence Atkinson contributed to Edith Sitwell's small magazine Wheels
Wheels is online at the Modernist Journals Project
Wheels, Third Cycle
Oxford: B. H. Blackwell, 1918,114 pages.

William Roberts was in Wheels, 4th Cycle & Wheels, Sixth Cycle


-- The full text is online at archive.org

The New Art: a study of the principles of non-representational
art and their application in the work of Lawrence Atkinson

by Horace Shipp; Publisher: London, Cecil Palmer, 1922

from: Hundreds and Thousands: The Journals of Emily Carr

"Only half an hour left of 1930.  I finished Flora's book, The Art of Lawrence Atkinson,
and found lots of things to remember and digest. I love his abstracts.  I feel there is
very much in abstraction but it must be abstraction with a reason, that is there must be an
underlying truth - something, the pith or kernel, the inner essence of the thing to expressed."

- Emily Carr (Flora is her friend, Flora Burns

The Lake
Lawrence Atkinson
Date c.191520
Medium Ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 254 x 368 mm
Collection: Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1965

Lawrence Atkinson

Wiki Gallery
via wikipedia

Lawrence Atkinson
Artwork details: 129.5 x 50.8cm
Material : oil on wood

Coterie ( No. 2 )
London: Hendersons, 1919-09
Lawrence Atkinson, Still Life, page 46
Full issues of Coterie are available online at the Modernist Journals Project:

Vorticist Composition

Abstract No. 1

Richard Warren has an interesting essay on Lawrence Atkinson on his website:


It's worth a read if you're interested in Atkinson.  The website as a whole is worth a look.

Below is a screen shot of his web page header to show the range of artists and writers covered on the site.

Helen Saunders has one of the best pages so far on the net,
and there's a page on Jessica Dismorr and one on George Barker.  Dismorr's page includes some of her  writings.




ink on paper

Flashpoint Magazine: a Journal of the Arts and Politics - Issue #17