Cecil Collins

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This article is about the British artist. For the American running back, see Cecil Collins (American football). For the South Carolina politician, see Cecil L. Collins.

Cecil Collins MBE (23 March 1908 – 4 June 1989) was an English painter and printmaker originally associated with the Surrealist movement.

Life and works[edit]

Collins was born in Plymouth and worked first as a mechanic at a firm based in Devonport. From 1924 to 1927 he attended Plymouth School of Art. In 1927 he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art where he won the William Rothenstein Life Drawing Prize.

From 1951 to 1975 he taught at the Central School of Art. Later, one of his pupils was Ginger Gilmour.[1][2]

Collins was awarded an MBE in 1979.[3]

BBC Radio ran a program about him in 1981 in the Conversations with Artists series, with Edward Lucie-Smith.

A retrospective exhibition of his prints was held at the Tate Gallery in 1981. A retrospective of his paintings took place (before Collins died) in 1989.[3]

His widow Elisabeth died in 2007 and, in 2008, 250 of Collins' paintings worth £1 million were given to museums and galleries in the UK.[3]

In honour of the centenary of his birth, an exhibition of Collins' work took place at Tate Britain in Autumn 2008.[4]

Exhibitions[edit]

  • 1935 - Bloomsbury Gallery, London, England
  • 1936 - International Surrealist Exhibition - New Burlington Galleries, London, England
  • 1942 - Toledo Museum of Fine Art, USA
  • 1948 - New Paintings by Cecil Collins - Lefevre Gallery, London, England
  • 1950 - New Paintings - Heffer Gallery, Cambridge, England
  • 1951 - Leicester Galleries
  • 1953 - Society of Mural Painters
  • 1953 - Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
  • 1954 - Arts Council, London
  • 1956 - Leicester Galleries
  • 1959 - Whitechapel Gallery, London
  • 1961 - Gallery Zygos, Athens, Greece
  • 1964 - Carnegie International Exhibition, Pittsburgh, USA
  • 1965 - Arthur Tooth & Sons
  • 1967 - Crane Kalman Gallery
  • 1971 - Britain's Contribution to Surrealism - Hamet Gallery, London, England
  • 1972 - Retrospective Exhibition. Drawings, Paintings, Watercolours, Gouaches and Paintings 1936-1968
  • 1981 - New Works - Anthony d'Offay, London, England
  • 1981 - The Prints of Cecil Collins - Tate Gallery, London, England
  • 1983 - Plymouth Arts Centre
  • 1984 - Festival Gallery, Aldeburgh
  • 1988 - Recent Paintings - Anthony d'Offay, London, England
  • 1989 - Tate Gallery, London

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Gates of Silence (Grey Walls Press, 1944) by Wrey Gardiner with drawings by Cecil Collins
  • The Vision of the Fool (Grey Walls Press, 1947)
  • Cecil Collins: Painter of Paradise (1979) by Kathleen Raine
  • The Quest for the Great Happiness (1988) by William Anderson[disambiguation needed]
  • In Celebration of Cecil Collins: Visionary Artist and Educator (2008) compiled and edited by Nomi Rowe
  • The Magic Mirror: Thoughts and Reflections on Cecil Collins (2010) by John Stewart Allitt
  • Meditations, Poems, Pages from a Sketch Book, by Cecil Collins, (Golgonooza Press, 1997)
  • The Vision of the Fool and other Writings, by Cecil Collins, enlarged edition, (Golgonooza Press, 2002)
  • Cecil Collins, The Artist as Writer and Image Maker, by Brian Keeble, (Golgonooza Press, 2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilmour, Ginger. "Ginger Art". Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ginger Gilmour Sculptor details". ArtParkS Sculpture Park. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Artist's £1m works left to the nation". BBC News. 2 March 2001. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Andrew Lambirth (3 September 2008). "Cecil Collins — A Centenary Exhibition". The Spectator. 

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