We had the good fortune of connecting with William Atkinson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi William, how does your business help the community?
Art and beauty make the world a better place. It allows for different perspectives to be voiced and can encourage change.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been creating for over ten years with my work ranging from fine art to street art, including public installations and events. Expressionism, re-contextualization of imagery and inclusion of text are used to create public discourse about how we, as society and individuals, process information and make decisions.
I first exhibited my work publicly on the streets of Los Angeles. As I progressed into fine art, I wanted to keep true to this initial form of expression. My first gallery exhibitions incorporated found objects with imagery rooted in street art. My current work has evolved into fine art while maintaining a connection to my earlier work. Street art forced me to create in a single expressive moment and I continue this practice in my current studio work, making large scale compositions in one session. I do not revisit any of my pieces once the initial emotion has passed, ensuring I capture the energy of that single expressive moment. I work across multiple mediums with a consistent tone and voice echoing my early artistic roots.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Cecconi’s, Bagatelle, Katsuya, Mr. Chow’s, Sweet Liberty, Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to recognize anyone who identifies as a teacher in any way. Teachers are imperative in leading the way to create a better future, and should be celebrated more. I would also like to give a shoutout to a book that was a great inspiration to me – Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman.
Stephen Karlisch – headshot photos