Peter Collins ARCA (1923 – 2001)

Figure Studies


Ink and wash

44 x 28 cm

Provenance: the artist’s studio sale. Four characterful and intimate clothed studies of a model with voluminous 1960s hair.

Collins’ first job was in the commercial studio of an advertising agency. World War II interrupted his career and he joined the Royal Artillery, teaching painting and drawing in the Education Corps – whilst simultaneously teaching at St Martin’s School of Art, part time.

Following the war, Collins studied at the Royal College of Art, winning a scholarship. He then worked as a commercial artist, producing some well-known posters for clients including British Railways and British European Airways. He was the Art Director at Odhams Press and spent time designing for both ICI and Shell.

With his wife Georgette, he created the ‘Bacombe Galleries’ in Sussex, converting a group of buildings into a gallery space. In 1975 they developed the Stanley Studios in Chelsea, which were scheduled for redevelopment, into a combined artists’ studio and residence. Moving into the Stanley Studios allowed the Collinses to immerse themselves in Chelsea’s art scene, and they proceeded to fill the studios with art, antiques, sculpture, and other curios.

Condition: generally very good.

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