Paul Adkinson

1934, Imperial, Nebraska –

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Born in Imperial, Nebraska, Paul Adkinson is a self-taught artist who learned to paint by reading books, experimenting, and taking workshops taught by nationally recognized artists.

Adkinson’s work has been displayed at the American Art Association Regional Invitational Exhibit in Denver, Colorado, and in Nebraska at the Governor’s Mansion in Lincoln, the Artel State Show in Omaha, and the Art and Gift Gallery in North Platte.

His awards include Grand Champion in Photography and Grand Champion in Art at the Cheyenne County Fair in 2007; Audrey Towater Award for Color Photography at the West Nebraska Arts Center’s 2007 Photography Competition in Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and Best of Show and the People’s Choice Award at the Carbon County Arts Guild Spring Show in Red Lodge, Montana. His artwork is included in the Museum of Nebraska Art Collection as the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs (ANAC) Purchase Award for 2009. Adkinson, a member of the Box Butte Art Club in Alliance, Nebraska, has received several Honorable Mentions at the annual ANAC conference exhibitions.

Imagination plays a large part in his paintings, collages, and photographs. He will see or read something or someone will say something that will spark an idea for a painting or an altered photograph. His artwork evokes emotions in viewers and helps them remember events and good times. “Art should give the viewer a sense of feeling,” the artist said. He hopes that people “experience the sense of imagination, beauty, wonder, and feeling that went into the creative process of an artwork, no matter the medium or the subject.”
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Paul Adkinson, Winter’s End, acrylic, watercolor, c. 2009