Speed pain­ter has no plans to slow down

Hills Gazette - - NEWS - Lisa Thomas

SPEED artist Colin Atkins will show­case some of his work this week­end at an ex­hi­bi­tion at El­len­brook Arts.

Atkins has had a suc­cess­ful 45-year ca­reer as an artist, but has only held a hand­ful of ex­hi­bi­tions due to the na­ture of his work. He is best known for his abil­ity to com­plete a paint­ing in 15 min­utes, and usu­ally done in front of an au­di­ence.

Atkins said he first got into speed paint­ing in the late ‘70s in Mel­bourne by com­plete ac­ci­dent.

“I won a com­mis­sion to paint a mu­ral at the Mel­bourne Ho­tel and in those days they had strip­pers in the pub for en­ter­tain­ment,” he said.

“I was there one day work­ing on my mu­ral and the strip­pers didn’t ar­rive, and it was a packed house, so I got up and did a paint­ing while ev­ery­one was watch­ing and the bar­man bought it; I haven’t stopped since.”

He said a lot of his work was for theatre, ad­ver­tis­ing and char­ity events as en­ter­tain­ment.

“I have around 20 to 30 pieces on show and I’ll be do­ing a speed paint­ing on the open­ing night,” he said

“My work ranges from land­scape, por­trait and mod­ern art.”

Atkins is one of the few speed artists in Aus­tralia and his work has taken him all over the world.

There will be live speed paint­ing on the open­ing night and door prizes.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will open on Satur­day at 6pm and run through un­til Novem­ber 12 at El­len­brook Arts.

Speed pain­ter Colin Atkins.

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