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CHRISTOPHER ATKINS

ATKINS FINE ART

Since Christopher Atkins first established his eponymous gallery in the centre of Brussels, which grew to three galleries on the Chaussée de Charleroi and Avenue Louise for a thirty year period between 1973 – 2003, he has been known for his considerable dynamism, while maintaining the strictest codes of discretionary dealing.  Atkins Brussels galleries' fields of expertise encompassed the purveyance of 17th, 18th and 19th century English, French and Dutch pictures, furniture, and silver.

Christopher was widely recognized for his expertise in his capacities as Senior Advisor to the Royal Guild of Flemish Antique Dealers from 1980 – 1990, Senior Consultant to the Royal Chamber of Belgium Antique Dealers for twenty years, and consultant for major fairs, including Brussels International Fair. Atkins' Atelier workshops operated concurrently throughout the region and the United Kingdom during this period, specializing in  ethical restoration, and allowing Christopher to consult such prestigious conservation projects as Stonehenge in the UK.

Upon Christopher’s considerable depth of knowledge of 17th, 18th and 19th century art, rests his passion for post-war and Contemporary art, and of particular focus is 20th century sculpture, namely:- Josef Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, Constantin Brancusi, Alberto Giacometti, Donald Judd, Jeff Koons, Henry Moore, David Smith and Not Vital. Painters of particular interest include:- Alexander Archipenko, Frank Auerbach, Paul Delvaux, David Hockney, William Hogarth and Edvard Munch.

His interests are not limited to period, nor region, and this has taken him to China, to experience first-hand a burgeoning and highly diverse market. In recent years, Christopher co-founded a dealership in the finest established Chinese artists with Chinese contemporary paintings and sculptural specialist, Emily de Wolfe Pettit. Christopher closely follows the work of the following artists based in Mainland China:- Li Huayi, Mao Xuhui, Shao Yan, Wang Dongling, Wang Xingwei, Zeng Fanzhi, Zhang Enli and Zhang Xiaogang. Christopher also follows young artistic talents, including:- Cai Yaling, Chi Ming, Jiang Shan Chun (Wang Xin), J S Tan, Li Yongfei, Meng Liping, Song Jianshu and Wu Xiaohai.

Christopher advises a select group of private clientele, foundations, museums, funds and governmental bodies, and is trusted for his high codes of discretion and precision. Christopher has also consulted a broad base of international corporations in providing art acquisition and consultation services, including:- Exxon Corporation, J. P. Morgan, Brussels, London and New York; Banque Société Générale, Belgium; Banque Degroof, Brussels and Luxembourg; The Royal Windsor Hotel, Brussels; Hotel Westminster, Paris; the Place Wiltcher's real estate development in Brussels, containing the Conrad Hotel; Chevron Corporation, Beijing and Nanjing.

Christopher is French speaking.