Conrad Atkinson was born in Cumbria in 1940 and worked as a teacher and artist using a varied range of media. He gained degrees from Carlisle College of Art, Liverpool College of Art and the Royal Academy Schools between 1957 and 1965, later winning a Granada Fellowship.
He showed extensively in a variety of different galleries in 1970s: in 1972 and 1974 he held solo shows at ICA, in 1975 at Belfast Arts Council Gallery, in 1977 at Northern Arts Gallery and many others. In the 1990s and 2000 he showed, amongst others, at Dean Clough, Bluecoat Gallery and Courtauld Institute Gallery.
His work, which often refers to social or political themes, has often been considered controversial.
He is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Art.
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