Portrait of young woman looking into the light. Based loosely in the Antonello da Messina.

David Atkin, K Radical (2023). Egg tempera on panel. 28 x 32 x 2 in.

My recent body of work is a meditation on mental states through portraiture. Particles refers to the act of painting in egg tempera, which I arrived at, and which has a large impact on how each painting is made and what the end result is.
My subjects, or “participants”, in my paintings are mostly people I know often in a moment of internal reflection or in between states of waking or descending into sleep.