Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2016

Jan, Feb

James Gregory Atkinson | Visual Artist

James Gregory Atkinson
James Gregory Atkinson

James Gregory Atkinson is a German-­American artist. He holds a degree in Photography and Design from Lette­Verein (Berlin) and is currently studying at Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste. Passing his studies at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City (2015) and an artist residency at Villa Aurora, Los Angeles (2016), Atkinson will be graduating from Städelschule in 2016.

Atkinson’s artistic practice unfolds in a multidisciplinary way. He uses various media like painting, photography or film. Atkinson is interested in contemporary identity models and their representations in the media. His artistic itinerary often starts with found material harvested from mass media or from everyday phenomena. In his work, Atkinson reactivates his source material and entangles it with his persona when appearing in various roles in his own photographs and films. Atkinson highly values the collaborative act. In the past he worked together with musicians, theorists and artists in various constellations. Hence, his artistic work emerges in a broad spectrum of forms, ranging from the White Cube to live Rap concerts.

Atkinson is currently a grant of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Exhibitions include (Selection):


Ludlow 38 "The problem today is not the other but the self" with Helen Demisch, New York

Nassauischer Kunstverein "Whatever man built could be taken apart: Image / Order" with Helen Demisch, Wiesbaden,Germany


401 contemporary "Talent" with Helen Demisch, Berlin

Schauspiel Frankfurt "T.A.N" with Jessie Holmes, Frankfurt am Main


Kunsthalle Krems "All Day Breakfast", Krems, Austria

MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst "uni(psycho)acoustic, Frankfurt am Main

Club Transmediale "CTM13" with Clara Jo, Berlin


Ex­ Börsenverein des Deuschen Buchhandels "RAY Fotografie Projekte",

Frankfurt am Main


HAU Hebbel am Ufer "Performance Festival Testing­Stage (A window to Performa New

York)" with Clara Jo, Berlin


The Forgotten Bar Project (Galerie im Regierungsviertel), Berlin