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Cecil Collins (23 March 1908 – 4 June 1989) was an English artist originally associated with the Surrealist movement.
He 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 ]
BBC Radio ran a program about him in 1981 in the
Conversations with Artists series, with Edward Lucie-Smith.
In honour of the centenary of his birth, a portrait of Cecil Collins: a mosaic in word form, is forthcoming. "In Celebration of Cecil Collins: Visionary Artist and Educator" consists of reflections by almost a hundred people, including curators, gallery owners, film-makers, writers, critics, musicians, friends, teaching colleagues, models and students. There is also a six months display at Tate Britain from the end of October.
Exhibitions [ edit ]
1935 - Bloomsbury Gallery, London, England
International Surrealist Exhibition - New Burlington Galleries, London, England 1942 - Toledo Museum of Fine Art, USA
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
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
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
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 ]
^ Gilmour, Ginger. "Ginger Art" . Retrieved 15 July 2011.
^ "Ginger Gilmour Sculptor details". ArtParkS Sculpture Park . Retrieved 15 July 2011.
External links [ edit ]