mixed media, oil and acrylic on historical documents 84"x96"
mixed media, oil and acrylic on historical documents 85"X 96"
Billencourt & Velvet
from our White on White Exhibition
mixed media, oil, acrylic, historic documents, varnish 60"x84"
mixed media, oil and acrylic on panel 96x120
Orbit (Skin Horse II)
mixed media, oil and acrylic on historical document 87"X 99"
mixed media on canvas 84x120
The Skin Horse
From sleeping on concrete studio floors to breaking price point records for living female contemporary painters, Collins has produced a diverse composition of works, many of which involve contemporary and abstract depictions of the horse. Collins’ works can be found in such collections as the Redford Collection, the Horchow Collection, the Wynn Collection, the Rosenthal Collection, corporate collections as varied as the CAA and 20th Century Fox to the wineries of Trinchero, Harris, Gott and Corliss, as well as in collections in Brunei, Australia, Germany, Argentina, Great Britain and New Zealand.
Collins has surpassed both trend and time to create works which are distinct and carry an imprint which is instantly recognizable. Her mythic visions integrate text and illustration recalling history, literature and the spirit of the figures she depicts. Her large scale mixed-media images exist in an ambiguous realm that captivates our imagination as well as our admiration. Her figures appear as candid moments of time theatrically caught in a split second. Printed words that appear in each painting are at first ambiguous. But closer examination reveals clues to suggest narrative. Using such materials as paper aged in her studio, the process of application is apparent in Collins’ works. The effect of yellowed, aging texts and ancient surfaces painted into the works add a nostalgic feeling of looking at an old photograph or movie still. The use of resin provides depth and a tactile quality that is created by a meticulous course of layering and torching the surface. The viewer is compelled to touch these canvases, which at times include in excess of thirty layers. Hidden or obscured imagery as well as the figurative incorporation of animals, humans, and invocation of text, ignite a calm in our otherwise hectic environment of information overload. Collins’ imagery is uniquely enigmatic while certainly awe inspiring. Almost every week, the artist receives calls from collectors who own the work, expressing the discovery of a new hidden image, a different text, a previously unseen treat.
Peter and Melanie Munk Collection Kristy Walton Collection
Norman Perlmutter Collection Steve Wynn Collection
Graeme and Robyn Hart Collection Wade Skinner Collection
John Kalbetzer Collection Robert Redford Collection
Tomas Milmo Santos Collection Scott & Jamie Honour Collection
Danny and Brenda Sullivan III Collection Horchow Collection
Marta Kaufman/Michael Skloff Collection Danny Sulivan III Collection
Debbie & Damon Fisher Collection Johnson Collection
Noah & Tracy Wylie Collection Arliss Howard Collection
Mindy Schultheis Collection Thomas Coates Collection
Lori & Chuck Binder Collection Jan Brink Collection
Amy & Danny Jacobson Collection John & Margaret Ptak Collection
Blythe Danner Collection Wendie Malick Collection
Kevin & Christin Reilly Collection George I Rosenthal Collection
Mooty Family Collection Schwab Collection
Bruce & Stacy Kirshbaum Collection Robert Wagner Collection
Bill and Debra Gershen Collection Jill St. John Collection
Dennis and Stacy Barsema Collection Thomas Collection
Tracy and Dave Provost Collection Deborah Winger Collection
Scott and Mer Hendrick Collection Bill and Lisa Burton Collection
Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Collection* Jennifer & Gianluca Galtrucco
Harold and Lynn Barza Mike anCorliss
Michelle and Michael Osterman Alice Walton Collection**
W. Howard and Mary Lester*** Wayne and Beth Gibbens
Scott and Cynthia Prince McGowen Collection
Speilberg/Kapshaw Collection Bollinger Collection
Stan Kroenke Collection Evgeny Tugolukov Collection
Whitlock Dart Collection Bruce Smith Collection
Glenn [Doc] Rivers Collection Peter Baay Collection