Aten - Terry Adkins

Musician and multimedia artist, Terry Adkins explores the lives of historical figures that he considers to be underappreciated or those he calls “Immortals”—typically African American cultural figures—producing sculptural works and assemblages that refer to their biographies. His subjects have run the gamut from civil rights leaders to musicians, including Jimi Hendrix, Ludwig van Beethoven, W.E.B. Du Bois, and the abolitionist John Brown, whose contributions to history Adkins believes deserve more attention. His installations, which he conceives of as “recitals” or musical scores, have included repurposed objects, blown glass, and wood, and they frequently include interactive performances. In his “Black Beethoven” series, a group of sound sculptures, Adkins explores the myth of Beethoven being black, while more recently he has examined the biographies of George Washington Carver and Yves Klein, finding surprising points of comparison between the two.

Terry Adkins' work Aten, is a 36 x 24 inch print on paper produced by Brandywine Workshop and Archive in Philadelphia. The work Aten features an X-ray of the mummified head of ancient Egyptian king Tutankhamun and is printed with a specific blue ink called "mummy blue". Now, Mummy blue ink can be made synthetically, but the color was first created by grinding up the mummified remains of humans for pigments.

Artist Bio

Washington, DC born sculptor, photographer, and performance artist, Terry Atkins earned a BS from Fisk University, an MS from Illinois State University, and an MFA from the University of Kentucky. Adkins was an Associate Professor of Fine Arts in ...

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Terry Adkins

African American

Offset Lithograph




36" x 24"

Edition Size

40 prints in this edition


Alex Kirillov


Brandywine Workshop and Archives


Philadelphia, PA