Artist and teacher Willie Lee Atkyns influenced many aspiring artists in central Pennsylvania
and the Washington, D.C., area. After his death in 1987, the
Atkyns family presented the Museum with a retrospective collection
of his work. Non-Objective #12 is characteristic of Atkyns'
mature style. Largely self-taught, Atkyns admired the paintings
of Wassily Kandinsky and produced realistic, abstract, and
Establishing a successful career early in his life, Atkyns debuted
in New York at #10 Gallery in 1941. In 1945, after resigning a
position with the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, he taught
art in schools he established in Washington, D.C., and, later, at
Puzzletown, Johnstown, Altoona, and Indiana, Pennsylvania.