Shaun Atkinson Artist

Western Australian Artist Shaun Atkinson has been exhibiting nationally and internationally since 1975. He has travelled extensively living abroad in both Europe and Asia. Shaun Atkinson is well recognized for his atmospheric paintings combining the three elements of Land, Sea and Sky. He often incorporates gold and silver leaf which gives an Asian sensibility to the landscapes.

Shaun’s home town Margaret River gives him an endless source of inspiration and subject matter. Shaun has played an important role in the Western Australian arts community as a university lecturer and as a leading contemporary art practitioner.

Shaun has won a strong collection of awards throughout his career and his work is represented in many collections including Curtin University, Parliament House, Kerry Stokes Collection, City of Bunbury Collection and Edith Cowan University.

Artist Statement

Artist Biography

  • Born 28th June 1956, Perth Western Australia


  • Servite College Perth
  • Perth Technical College-Certificate Graphic Design
  • Claremont College of Art-Diploma in Fine Art
  • Edith Cowan University-Bachelor of Visual Art

Biographical Appointments

  • 2004
    • Artist in residence Four Seasons Resort, Bali
  • 1995 -02
    • Lecturer Edith Cowan University Bunbury Campus
    • Special Arts Program-Applecross Senior High School (Painting Lecturer)
    • Visual Arts Technical Officer Edith Cowan University Perth WA
  • 1988-90
    • Director of Margaret River Galleries
  • 1987-89
    • Lecturer Technical Education Department of WA in Painting, Design & Visual Literacy
    • Resided in Europe & Asia
    • Resided in Sydney
  • 1978-80
    • Resided in Europe & Asia

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2013 “Short Stories” JahRoc Galleries Margaret River
  • 2010 “Sea Temples” Greenhill Galleries Perth
  • 2007 “Margaret River Series” JahRoc Galleries Margaret River
  • 2005 “An Artist’s Journey” Greenhill Galleries Perth
  • 2005 “L’ Australia Occidentale” Florenze Italy
  • 2005 “Different Dimensions” Hyatt Regency Dubai, United Arab Emerates
  • 2005 “Silhouettes” JahRoc Galleries Margaret River
  • 2004 “Silhouettes” Form Gallery Perth
  • 2004 “Atmosphere” Ganesha Gallery Bali Indonesia
  • 2003 “Existence” Greenhill Gallery Perth
  • 2002 “Mountains in the Sky” Ganesha Gallery Bali
  • 2002 “St Alouran Place” Greenhill Gallery Perth
  • 1998 “Southern Light” Bunbury Regional Galleries
  • 1997 Joy Exhibition Festival of Perth, Gomboc Gallery
  • 1995 “Mistaken Identity” The Door Exhibition Space, Fremantle
  • 1993 “Surfing Icons” Margaret River Art Galleries, Margaret River
  • 1992 Graduate Show Edith Cowan University
  • 1991 Sculpture Exhibition Graylyn Winery, Margaret River
  • 1990 Sculpture Exhibition Sandalford Winery
  • 1982 The Dream Experimental Exhibition
  • 1978 Fremantle Art Gallery

Group Exhibitions

  • 2005 Tuscan International Art Fair Florence, Italy
  • 2005 2nd Anniversary Show, Taksu Gallery, Jakarta
  • 2005 Australian Artists, Taksu Gallery, Jakarta
  • 2004 Sydney Art Fair
  • 2003 Perth Contemporary Art Fair
  • 2002 Mine Own Executioner, Mundaring Art Centre, Perth
  • 2002 Boundless-Contemporary Art From Regional WA, Western Australian Art Gallery
  • 2002 South West Survey Bunbury 2001,2000 (winner) 1999, 1998, 1996, 1986-89
  • 2000 City of Joondalup Art Award (by invitation)
  • 2000 Fresh Paint, Greenhill Gallery Perth
  • 2000 Contours of Emerging Art, Hong Kong
  • 2000 Selected Artists Exhibition for HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Busselton
  • 1999 Absolute Secret Postcard Exhibition, Gulbenkian Galleries London (1999-01)
  • 1999 Collectors Choice, Greenhill Gallery Perth
  • 1999 Gomboc Sculpture Survey (1987-99)
  • 1999 Bunbury Biennial
  • 1997 Gomboc 15th Anniversary Show (by invitation)
  • 1996 Fifth ACAF, Melbourne
  • 1996 Parallels Art on the Move (Geraldton, Bunbury, Albany, Esperance)
  • 1995 Perth Art Fair
  • 1995 Artist in Focus, Gomboc Gallery
  • 1995 Selected Plumbing, Fremantle Art Centre
  • 1994 Maltings Inaugural Show
  • 1993 Australian Customs Exhibition (by invitation)
  • 1993 Artrage Artfare, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • 1993 Metamorphoses Artrage Exhibition, WA Museum
  • 1993 Young Western Australian Sculptors, Bridge Gallery Perth
  • 1993 Studio Contemporaries Exhibition, Edith Cowan University
  • 1993 National Graduate Exhibition, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • 1993 Protruding Pieces, Bridge Gallery
  • 1992 Graduate Exhibition Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University
  • 1992 Claremont School of Art Gallery
  • 1991 Craft Council Gallery Perth
  • 1990 Bridge Gallery, Perth
  • 1989 Steven De Christopher Design and Art Gallery, California USA
  • 1989 Margaret River Art Galleries
  • 1987 Spring Festival Exhibition, Margaret River
  • 1987 Moores Building Exhibition, Fremantle
  • 1984 New Painting Praxis, Fremantle Art Gallery
  • 1983 Red Parrott Experimental Exhibition (theatre, music, art)
  • 1977 Old Court House, Busselton
  • 1976 Round House Gallery, Fremantle
  • 1975 Guild Show, University of WA
  • 1975 Young Artist Award, Western Australian Art Gallery


  • City of Bunbury Collection
  • Michael Chaney Collection
  • Kerry Stokes Collection
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Curtin University, WA
  • University of Western Australia
  • Ministry of the Arts Collection
  • Lloyd & Liz Horn Collection
  • Parliament House WA
  • Thai Consulate, Perth
  • Gomboc Collection
  • Perth College
  • Ian & Sue Bernhart Collection
  • Woodside Resources Pty Ltd
  • Royal Perth Hospital

Major Awards

  • Winner South West Survey
  • Bunbury Biennial, Award/Acquired work for City of Bunbury Collection
  • Highly Commended Gomboc Sculpture Prize
  • Finalist Australian Customs Award
  • 1993  Augusta Margaret River Shire Council Acquisition Prize (winner)
  • Jackson’s Drawing Prize Outstanding Graduate Award, Edith Cowan University
  • Highly Commended Guild Show University of Western Australia
  • Highly Commended Young Artists Award Art Gallery of Western Australia

Major Commissions

  • Burswood Hotel Executive & Presidential Suites Commission
  • Australian Capital Equity (entry/foyer)
  • Sculpture Commission-Allan and Colleen Mizen
  • Spring Festival Calendar Margaret River
  • Woodside Resources Pty Ltd (Boardroom)
  • Howard Park (cancer research auction)

Selected Biography

  • Broomfield, David  –  West Australian 1997 & 2001
  • Snell, Tedd  –  Art in Australia 1995
  • Broomfield, David  –  West Australian 1996
  • Western, Neville  –  Western Review & West Australian 1995 & 2002
  • McGrath, Judith  –  Sunday Times  1993
  • Mason, Murray  –  West Australian 1984
  • Brown, David  –  Praxis Winter Issue 1982
  • Mason, Murray  –  West Australian 1977
  • Saw, Andrew  –  The Australian 1978
  • Mason, Murray  –  West Australian 1978
  • Knott, Laurie  –  Sunday Times 1977

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Shaun Atkinson Exhibitions At JahRoc Galleries

JahRoc Finale Exhibition
May 2023

Shaunt Atkinson, , Larry Mitchell, Helen Norton, Ingrid Windram and JahRoc Furniture 
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Short Stories
Nov 2013

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Margaret River Series
Jul 2007

Shaun Atkinson With Paintings In Jahroc Galleries

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Shaun Atkinson Recently Sold Paintings

Caves Road South (left) – Margaret Sparkles (top right) – Caves Road North (bottom right)
oil on canvas
34cm x 34cm

Sacred Poem by Shaun Atkinson
gold leaf and oil on board
3 panels – 40cm x 40cm, 214cm x 40cm, 40cm x 40cm

Margaret River Triptych by Shaun Atkinson
oil on canvas

Time if Of The Essence by Shaun Atkinson
oil and silver leaf on board
240cm x 40cm
Lightness Of Being Riffle Butts (2 panels) by Shaun Atkinson
oil and silver leaf on board
152cm x 122cm each panel

Gods Own Country I & II by Shaun Atkinson
oil and gold leaf on carved teak wood

River Spirit (2 Panels) by Shaun Atkinson
oil on canvas
182cm x 50.5cm
Shaun Atkinson Margarets Secret Late Night Rendesvous With The Indian Painting
Margaret’s Secret Late Night Rendezvous by Shaun Atkinson
oil on canvas
140cm x 160cm
Golden Bracelet by Shaun Atkinson
oil on canvas
180cm x 77cm

Shaun Atkinson In His Studio

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