Blogging thoughts, works and happenings.

Here you will find posts on my art, exhibitions, projects and many other useless babblings.

have a peak at the work in progress down at the bottom of the home page and remember the archive is full of past posts for your visual enjoyment.

For more news, images, info and my online shop please visit www.lozatkinson.co.uk

i am fully supported by the princes trust.

current and up coming exhibitions...

upcoming exhibitions

Keep checking back for upcoming details

currently exhibiting...
Imagined Nebula
on permanent outdoor display
St Martins Square, Leicester UK

Available until sold
St Martins Square, Leicester UK

Holburn Gallery
Available until sold
83 Holburn Street, Aberdeen, UK

up coming exhibitions...
The Oxford International Art Fair
26th - 28th February 2016
Oxford Town Hall, Oxford UK

14 December 2011

new home...

bespoke commission.

mounted, framed and placed in new home.

digitally constructed image, 115cm x 44cm, digital print.

07 December 2011

how eggciting

to the elephant family office AKA the egg box, to collect an egg...

to be wheeled through the streets of london where many funny looks were given, for the trip back home...

to my studio in leicester where the transformation will take place...

egg hugs are the best kind of hugs...

for more information of all these eggy goings on please visit the big egg hunt

01 December 2011

eggcelent :) these puns will not get old!!

following the amazing successes of the elephant parade in 2010 and jungle city during the summer, Elephant Family has joined forces with Action for Children to bring you The Big Egg Hunt.

Over 200 2 1/2 ft eggs will appear throughout London, each uniquely designed and embellished by leading artists and designers including Faberge, Vivienne Westwood, Chapman Brothers, Marc Quinn, Zandra Rhodes, Polly Morgan, Diane von Furstenburg, Sophie Dahl just to name a few!

i am so eggstatic :) to be invited back to be involved in such an amazing event!

for 40 days and 40 nights London will be transfixed by the most astounding and exhilarating egg hunt it has ever seen. in the hope of raising over £2 million the event which launches on Shrove Tuesday, 21st February 2012, will see the streets become a thrilling adventure, a myriad of wonder, a world of inspiration.

each corner will hold a secret treasure for you to discover and experience, hatching wonders and excitement as you journey through our great city. Get yourselves ready to scramble the streets for a cracking good time!

for more information on the hunt please visit www.thebigegghunt.co.uk

keep popping by for more updates as they happen and for course lots of egg puns :D

24 November 2011

away from it all...

on a recent trip to nowhere in particular in wales...

10 November 2011

engulf me in leather and crystals

happy 3rd birthday my blog!

three whole years! holy shit! other than my marriage and my education that's quite the commitment HA!

so the traditional gifts for this anniversary are leather or crystal depending on your inclinations to tradition. but i say fuck tradition so i'm going to give your eyes a gift by giving you some sneaky peaks at some new work :D

some are finished things some are detail of larger things and i guess there will be proper posts about them in future, but i know how we like to have things now so here you are lovelies!

"for lesley" detail

"lilith" detail

01 November 2011

came upon...

well seeming it was just halloween and we are entering the winter of our discontent just thought i'd post a series of photos to fit the mood...

"came upon" was created back in 2002. i've never really realised the work. originally displayed in genuine police evidence bags on a small scale, but finally edited them down earlier this year creating this series.

the basics behind the work is the death of innocence. the futility of virtue. giving in to the banality of existence.

it happens to everyone eventually. some too young and obviously and with others it sneaks upon you. but eventually it will always happen like death and taxes as they say....

19 October 2011

remember, no matter where you go, there you are...

so another installment into the psyche.

here's some detail from a digital sketch of an up coming self portrait

so to accompany another piece of self involved narcissism please find below an interchangeable set of Q&As randomly found, which will accompany any post about the self portrait works, enjoy!

What are you thinking of right now?

not anything really. thoughts are so fleeting these days; i can’t seem to hold on to one for very long.

What makes you laugh?

stupid things mostly. i very much enjoy dark comedy. things you’re not supposed to laugh at, but what else can you do when there’s nothing else to be done?

What makes you cry?

anything has the potential to make me cry, i see it as a great release like laughter or orgasm. it reassures me that there is still something going on in there when i catch that lump in my throat and a drop in my eye.

What do you consider to be the greatest invention?

religion. its been making its leaders billions while the masses starve die or kill for it yet always has a steady flow of customers/consumers/slaves to do its bidding.

Do you have a mentor or inspirational figure that has guided or influenced you?

i wouldn’t say i have had a constant being that has guided me along but people have popped in and out to help where they can.

Where do you feel most at home?

i never feel at home. i’m too fidgety and can never relax. it’s usually in the arms of my husband or where ever i’m having a drink or where all my crap isn’t.

Where are you right now?

my studio, in leicester

What is your proudest achievement in work?

helping the Elephant Family charity by painting an elephant that sold for £10,000, which went towards their grand total of over £4 million!

What is your proudest achievement in life?

getting married

What do you most dislike about contemporary culture?

that no one realises what’s going on around them or choose not to realise and that usually no matter where you are or what you’re doing you are reachable

What do you most like about the age we live in?

the internet

At what points do life and work intersect?

are they a separate thing? not for me anyway! which i think is very strange, as i believe it is very important to have that work life balance and i enjoy it sometimes but i can’t seem to switch off

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

don’t eat that

What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?

falling in love

Recommend a book or poem that has changed your perspective on life?


i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart) i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling) i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true) and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

ee cummings

i love you much (most beautiful darling) more than anyone on the earth and i like you better than everything in the sky -sunlight and singing welcome your coming although winter may be everywhere with such a silence and such a darkness no one can quite begin to guess (except my life) the true time of year- and if what calls itself a world should have the luck to hear such singing (or glimpse such sunlight as will leap higher than high through gayer than gayest someone's heart at your each nearness)everyone certainly would(my most beautiful darling)believe in nothing but love

ee cummings

What is your earliest childhood memory?

my memory is so shit it’s unbelievable! that’s why i take photos at any opportunity. the memories i seem to remember are ones i’d rather forget. i’ve always said if i ever write a memoir i’d need all my friends and family to help me, i never remember i always need some kind of prompt. Bex is usually that prompt.

What’s the most important relationship in your life?

the one i have with my husband. i still don’t fully understand it, which sometimes scares me, but it seems to be my grounding in reality

What’s the most romantic action you’ve taken?

getting his name tattooed on my wrist, tacky but love it

What’s the most spiritual action you’ve taken?

helping a girl who was about to jump off a bridge

If you could wish for one change in the world what would it be?

that it would choose love instead of fear.

11 October 2011

my very first review....... circa 2008

art review featured in The Metro (East & West Mids regional edition) in early 2008,

written by Wayne Burrows.

please click the above image to read full article. but here are a few quotes;

"atkinson brings a very personal spin to the imagery, adding a digital clarity to her dream-like spaces"

"each has remade Dante in their own image, and atkinson shows that this 700 year old poem is still able to adapt to new ideas and techniques today; its symbols and stories refusing to let go of our collective imagination."

about the author.....

Wayne Burrows’ first collection Marginalia appeared from Peterloo Poets in 2001, and his second, a chapbook containing the first section of a sequence based on Francis Quarles’ Emblems, appeared from Shoestring Press in July 2009.

His work has featured in the British Council anthologies New Writing 12 (Picador, 2004) and NW15 (Granta, 2007), the Forward anthology for 2002 and Said & Done: New Writing from Brittle Star (2011).

He also completed The Protein Songs, a sequence about genetics for use in Retina Dance Company’s Eleven Stories For The Body, Distance To Our Soul in 2006, and this ongoing sequence will form the core of a third collection.

He was writer in residence at Nottingham Contemporary in Spring 2011, and is currently working on new material for the visual artist Neville Gabie’s Orchard Project, due for completion in December 2011.

He took over the editorship of Staple magazine in 2008 and currently lives in Nottingham.

04 October 2011

and we say sold....

so as we bid a fond farewell to all the city junglers i wish a huge congratulations to charity organisers, the bidders and of course us artists hehe for an absolutley fantastic event!

over the past 2 months edinburgh has been transformed into an urban jungle, literally! with 130 life-sized elephants, crocodiles, orangutans, tigers and hornbills taking over city streets, buildings and parks. celebrating the magnificence of asia's endangered wildlife, whilst generating mass awareness of their plight and making everyone smile at the same time.

the event, which launched in edinburgh, will be taken around the globe to cities such as new york and sydney with the aim of raising £50million over the next ten years to ensure the creatures survival.

at biddings end on sunday 2nd october my hornbill
"one for the rock, one for the crow, one to die and one to grow"
sold for an amazingly generous £2,050!!

“The concept behind the design is an old gardening saying that represents that no matter how dire the situation is, there are still those that will sow the seeds of hope. Proving that logic, nature and love always finds a way.”

with the buyer in for a special surprise when they unveil the seedling growing on the underside of his tail :D

The Great Jungle City Gathering on Thursday 29th September saw Lord Harry Dalmeny of Sotheby’s auction off £400,000 worth of the creatures at the glittering event in the National Museum of Scotland hosted by Mark Shand charity founder, rock and pop legend Midge Ure and Lord Dalmeny.

With the rest of the herd being auctioned off online with the grand total still being calculated.

the jungle jam on 1st october with band colomboloco at dovecot studios, edinburgh. saw a day long final farewell to the remaining creatures before they set off on their adventures to their new homes.

what an epic expedition and an absolute pleasure it has been to be involved in such a fantastic event. dont you worry peoples there is plenty more to come from the amazing elephant family team. GET INVOLVED! elephant family / jungle city

27 September 2011

We come to beginnings only at the end.....

meet the artist day on sunny castle street, edinburgh. it was lovely to meet some of my fellow artists and quite a few of the jungle loving public to talk about the project and all the amazing work being done by elephant family but alas the end of jungle city is nearly upon us but the beginning of the online auctions are in full swing!

from now until the 2nd october is your chance to own one of these magnificent creatures!

so if you have a lobby, a garden, a public park/space or just a hornbill shaped empty spot in your home that needs filling with wonderousness then why not buy one for the rock, one for the crow, one to die and one to grow!

and with the money going to the amazing elephant family charity everyones a winner!

click here and get bidding!

26 September 2011

good news is the only news!

much love to all the wonderous websites and publications that featured pieces about jungle city and the hornbill!

the more we can spread the word about the awful plight these magnificent creatures face the more likely we are to get something done about it! we dont want to be the generation that did nothing, just sat and watched these animals disappear into the abyss.

so turn the tables, get involved and make this a happy ending......

special thanks to my friend saqib hussain for the photo :)