“I have fought a good a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7
On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, the Great Artist of the Universe sent His Angels to escort a great earthly artist, Floyd Atkins, to his new Heavenly Studio.
Floyd Atkins was born December 21, 1957 in Youngstown, Ohio, a son of Floyd and Doris Lucille Reed Atkins. He was a 1975 graduate of Hirsh High School and received his AA Degree in Art from Lincoln Junior College in Lincoln, Illinois. A graduate of Clark University, Atlanta, Georgia with a degree in Fine Art, Floyd studied under the renowned artist, John Riddle. He also studied at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, and the Art Institute of Chicago, where he lectured on Art History in the early 80’s. His work has been purchased by various city government agencies as well as private collectors such as Paul R. Jones.
Floyd was published in a “How to Book” by the Chinese government for their students to study. He was nominated for the 2003 Joan Mitchell’s Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2004 and was one of eleven artists from the United States invited to the 8th Annual Summer Summit in Poetovio, Slovenia. Floyd used a lot of musical analogies to make a point and likened his work to something of a “John Coltrane,” in terms of the artist possibilities he examined and made visible. He formed a desire to interpret and put in a tangible form the society around him that was molding his way of thinking. His “Abstract Truth” exhibition at Concordia University explored the issues of race globally. As Floyd had noted in the past, his desire is for his work to open a dialogue where exploring the “truth” is a thought-provoking experience.
Floyd ‘s artistic talent enabled him to gain employment as a lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago; Office Designer, Healthco International, Founding Director, “The History of Art”, Chicago Public Schools, Art Education, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Harold Washington in the Chicago Public School; Art Buyer PPI, Bolingbrook, IL; and was presently the renown “Artist” that we all know and love.
Floyd had numerous Exhibitions all over the world: Studio 26 Gallery, “One Man Show” in New York, NY; Studio 26 Gallery, Miami, FL; Conrad Hong Kong, Asia Contemporary, Hong Kong, China; Lipa Gallery, “Eighth Annual Summer Summit” group exhibition, Poetovia, Slovenia; and many exhibits in the Chicago area, Atlanta, GA, Munster, IL and other New York exhibits, just to name a few. He also had many articles and publications from 1997 thru 2011. In 2002 he was honored to have various art work in “Barbershop – the Movie” by MGM Pictures, and by the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Painters and Sculptors Grant, nomination driven.
Floyd will be sadly missed but will be celebrated for the joy he brought while here in this earthly tabernacle by his beloved and devoted wife, the former Vanessa Patricia Moore, whom he married May 19, 2002; his aunts who were like his sisters, Cora (Harry) Evans of Youngtown, OH and Debra E. Yeager of Cleveland, OH; loving cousins, Lisa N. Evans of Oakwood Village, OH, H. Keith (Sakeenah) Evans of Twinsburg, OH, Dana Yeager, Diona Yeager, Danica Yeager, Cameron Evans, Diamond Wimbley, Mason Evans and Savannah Evans all of Cleveland; his father and mother-in-law, Cleveland and Betty Robertson; and numerous extended family and friends whom he loved dearly.
He was greeted at Heaven’s gate by his parents; grandparents, Eugene and Earline Roland; brother-in-law, Eugene Yeager; and extended family/friends.
When we look up and see the colors of the setting sun, the promise of the rainbow, and the balloon formations of the clouds, know that Floyd is helping God to create the colorful beauties of this world.
Humbly submitted by the Family
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