Ashley Collins

Ashley Collins was born in Palo Alto, California in 1967.

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.

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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