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Life and works
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.
BBC Radio ran a programme about him in 1981 in the Conversations with Artists series, with Edward Lucie-Smith. In 1984 BBC TV showed a 30-minute documentary devoted to Collins, 'Fools and Angels', in the 'One Pair of Eyes' series.
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.
- 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
- 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)
- Gilmour, Ginger. "Ginger Art". Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "Ginger Gilmour Sculptor details". ArtParkS Sculpture Park. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "Artist's £1m works left to the nation". BBC News. 2 March 2001. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
- Andrew Lambirth (3 September 2008). "Cecil Collins — A Centenary Exhibition". The Spectator.
- 61 paintings by or after Cecil Collins at the Art UK site
- Cecil Collins at the Tate Gallery
- Eye of the Heart. The paintings of Cecil Collins. 1978. Arts Council England film collection