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Gerard Collins

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The PICTURE ALIVE - the Walt Whitman Series

Gerard Collins, Self Portrait with Kizzy, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in.

SELF PORTRAIT WITH KIZZY
oil on canvas
36 x 24 in.
unframed
$2,250

 

 

 

 

Gerard Collins, Self Portrait with Kizzy, detail

detail of SELF PORTRAIT WITH KIZZY


Gerard Collins, Nasturtiums with Teddy, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.

NASTURTIUMS WITH TEDDY
oil on canvas
16 x 20 in.
unframed
$1,100

 

Gerry Collins, Studio View, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.

STUDIO VIEW
oil on canvas
16 x 20 in.
unframed
$1,100

 

 

Gerard Collins, My Front Porch with New Moon and Kizzy, 2013, oil on canvas, 24 x 48 in.

MY FRONT PORCH WITH NEW MOON AND KIZZY
oil on canvas
24 x 48 in.
unframed
$3,000

 

Gerard Collins, Studio Interior with View of Fireweed, 2013,  Soft Pastel on Arches Pape, 30 x 22 in.

STUDIO INTERIOR WITH VIEW OF FIREWEED
pastel on Arches paper
30 x 22 in.
framed dimension: 37 x 29 in.
$1,400

 

Gerard Collins, Tulips with Harlan House Vase, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 in.

TULIPS WITH HARLAN HOUSE VASE
oil on canvas
48 x 36 in.
unframed
$3,600


Gerry Collins, Studio Interior with Lunenberg Sheep, oil on canvas, 64 x 49 in.

STUDIO INTERIOR WITH LUNENBURG SHEEP
oil on canvas
64 x 49 in.
unframed
SOLD


 

 

Gerard Collins, Interior with Full Moon, Nigadoo Lake, 2013, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 in.

INTERIOR WITH FULL MOON, NIGADOO LAKE
oil on canvas
40 x 30 in.
unframed
SOLD

 

Gerard Collins, Kremlow - My Imaginary Vacation Series, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 in.

KREMLOV - MY IMAGINARY VACATION SERIES
oil on canvas
40 x 30 in.
unframed
SOLD


 

 

The Walt Whitman Series

Small and large celebrations of everything and anything:  that is the theme of this series.

Once upon a time, when I was studying at Art College, another student brought in a cartoon of a man with a furrowed brow hunched over and staring at the ground.  Around him, trees were being blown about and lightning was drawn zigzagging around him.  The caption read “Beethoven being inspired.”   In a short story by Flannery O’Connor, a character, Miss Willerton, is the writer of Romance novels.  When asked about the inspiration for her plots, she replies, snapping her fingers: “they come to me in a flash. . . just like that”, and snaps her fingers again.

Inspiration arrives in various ways and in various forms.

Gerard Collins, 2013

Gerard Collins, 2013, Thunderstorm Shaw Lake, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in.

THUNDERSTORM, SHAW LAKE
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in.
unframed
$3,000

I CELEBRATE myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

from SONG OF MYSELF, by Walt Whitman

 

Gerard Collins, Studio View with Rowanberries and Golden Rod, 2013, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in.

STUDIO VIEW WITH ROWANBERRIES AND GOLDENROD
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in.
unframed
$3,600


Gerard Collins, Kizzy, 2013, pastel, 30 x 22 in.

KIZZY
pastel on Arches paper
30 x 22 in.
unframed
$1,200

 

Gerard Collins, Birches - Shaw's Lake, pastel, 30 x 22 in.

BIRCHES - SHAW'S LAKE
pastel on Arches paper
30 x 22 in.
unframed
$1,200

Gerard Collins, Shaw's Lake - Upper Section, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.

SHAW'S LAKE - UPPER SECTION
oil on canvas
16 x 20 in.
unframed
$1,100

 

Gerard Collins, Shaw's Lake - Lower Section, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.

SHAW'S LAKE - LOWER SECTION
oil on canvas
16 x 20 in.
unframed
$1,100

Gerard Collins, Twilight Nigadoo Lake, oil on canvas, 14 x 14 in.

TWILIGHT NIGADOO LAKE
oil on canvas
14 x 14 in.
framed dimension: 16 x 16 in.
$850

 

Gerard Collins, Francis' Cabin, Reflection, 2013,  oil on canvas, 14 x 14 in.

FRANCIS' CABIN, REFLECTION
oil on canvas
14 x 14 in.
unframed
$750

Gerard Collins, Full Moon Nigadoo Lake, oil on canvas, 12 x 12 in.

FULL MOON NIGADOO LAKE
oil on canvas
12 x 12 in.
unframed
$550

 

 

Gerard Collins, Summer Clouds, 2013, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 in.

SUMMER CLOUDS
oil on canvas
20 x 16 in.
unframed
$1,100

 

Gerard Collins, Lightning Struck Birch, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 in.

LIGHTNING STRUCK BIRCH
acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 in.
unframed
$550

 

 

Gerard Collins, McLaren's Beach, 2013, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.

MCLAREN'S BEACH
oil on canvas
16 x 20 in.
unframed
$1,100

 

Gerard Collins, Sunrise with Birches, 2013, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.

SUNRISE WITH BIRCHES
oil on canvas
16 x 20 in.
unframed
$1,100

 

 

Gerard Collins, April Showers, oil on canvas, 37 x 50 in.

APRIL SHOWERS
oil on canvas
37 x 50 in.
unframed
$3,700

 

Gerard Collins, Gros Morne Park, pastel, 22 x 30 in.

GROS MORNE PARK, NFLD
pastel
22 x 30 in.
framed dimension: 29 x 37 in.
$1,400

 

Gerard Collins, Landscape with Hunting Cat, pastel, 22 x 30 in.

LANDSCAPE WITH HUNTING CAT
pastel
22 x 30 in.
framed dimension: 29 x 37 in.
$1,400

 

Gerry Collins, Shiny Devil's Paintbrushes, pastel, 11 x 15 in.

SHINY DEVIL'S PAINTBRUSHES
pastel
11 x 15 in.
framed
$450


Gerard Collins, Youghall Beach, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 in.

YOUGHALL BEACH
acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 in.
unframed
$550

 

 

Gerard Collins, Picnic, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 in.

PICNIC
oil on canvas
12 x 12 in.
unframed
$550

 

Gerry Collins, Kizzy on my porch

KIZZY ON MY PORCH
acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 in.
unframed
$550

 

 

Gerard Collins was born and bred in Saint John, New Brunswick, and he has chosen to remain and make his art in the city he calls home. However, the influences and self-imposed rules which govern the act of painting for Collins arise out of a number of currents in 20th Century art. His early education in the visual arts took him well beyond the borders of NB to the St. Martin's School of Art in London England, then to the Dusseldorf Staatliche Kunstakademie in Germany and studies under Gerhard Richter one of the world’s leading contemporary artists, and to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he was mentored by conceptual artist Gerald Ferguson.

The fact that Collins’ paintings are quite beautiful seems almost a fortunate afterthought. Artist, curator and Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Ray Cronin, has written that, "Collins’ practice is rooted solidly in a world of subversive ideas as befits the conceptual tradition. The fragments, the individual paintings are, finally, records of the fact that art has happened. That Collins is a very fine painter is almost incidental."

Collins has pursued the practice of rules-based painting since he graduated, and through the course of many series such as the Work Ethic Series, the Harlequin Paintings, the Memory Paintings, Diary Paintings, Factory Paintings, and now the Walt Whitman series he has continued to create a body of work which, though born out of conceptual strategy, is aesthetically pleasing and definitely beautiful to behold.

Considered to be one of the finest contemporary painters in the region, Gerard Collins has had numerous exhibitions since 1977. His work can be found in many important collections including The National Gallery of Canada, the New Brunswick Museum, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the University of New Brunswick, Mount St. Vincent University, the Owens Art Gallery, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Canada Council Art Bank, the New Brunswick Art Bank as well as corporate and private collections. Gerard Collins has been the recipient of Canada Council Grants and New Brunswick Creations Grants and was the 2001 winner of the prestigious Strathbutler Award from the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation.

 

 

Gerard Collins, Snowmen and Skaters, Kennebecasis, NB, pastel, 30 x 22 in.

SNOWMEN AND SKATERS, KENNEBECASIS, NB
pastel on Arches paper
30 x 22 in.
framed dimension: 38 x 30 in.
SOLD

 

 

 

Gerard Collins, Kizzy with Carolling Snowmen, pastel, 22 x 30 in.

KIZZY WITH CAROLLING SNOWMEN
pastel on Arches paper
22 x 30 in.
framed dimension: 30 x 38 in.
SOLD