Painter Richard Collins returns to red gallery with an exhibition of oil paintings depicting the paraphernalia of his Clifton Hill studio. He paints from life seeking a heightened evocation of the motif under scrutiny.
Favouring chance groupings over composed subjects, Collins is interested in translating the shy beauty of mundane objects into the viscous artifice of paint. Collins celebrates the pleasure and consolation of looking at things. He likens the act of noticing and depicting these fragments of the phenomenal world to entering a state of secular grace, in which the inherent beauty of everyday experience is revealed not by a divine light but by the electromagnetic spectrum.
Richard Collins is a Melbourne based artist. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (hons) from RMIT. He has exhibited extensively in Melbourne and NSW.