Emeritus Professor Kevin Atkinson dies

04 June 2007 | Story by Helen Swingler

UCT regrets to report the death of Emeritus Professor Kevin Atkinson, who retired from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 1999.

A Capetonian, Atkinson was born in 1939. He studied in the studio of Stanley Hayter in Paris in the early 1960s and after that at Brighton University. In 1971 he joined the staff of Michaelis as a lecturer in design.

He pioneered the interdisciplinary studies stream of the fine art degree and was an enthusiastic and inspired teacher, making an 'enormous impression' on a generation of students.

His work was characterised by its brilliance of colour and gesture, and an adherence to the tenets of high modernism in 20th century painting. He made a contribution to his discipline through his innovative use of the material properties of the medium in which he worked.

Atkinson continued to paint after his retirement. A memorial service was held at the St Cyprians Chapel.

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