Monday, June 12, 2017



The time of year when nature truly begins to heat up. Least for those of us in the northern hemisphere. People begin walking around wearing less and less, it's nice if you are walking around doing some people watching. For me it's mostly just another time of year to stick myself in a conditioned room and wait out the time.

I don't like running this blog like others do with theirs. I'm not interested in constantly finding new readers or trying to get a job from this. I'm only interested in sharing when the mood really hits me. Today it's hitting me. I was watching this pretty good documentary on painter Francis Bacon and figured I'd share it on here. I'm a lukewarm at best fan of his work, who knows, maybe I just haven't seen enough work in person to truly call myself a fan. The older I get the more my desires for things change, I used to think I could tell if I liked work in person by the reproductions. For the most part...I can. But there were a few times when things really changed for me when I saw the work in person, which in turn made me change the way I talk about work online. I enjoy doing reviews in my own way of good shows, but I don't get out a lot to see shows I WANT to write about. Looking forward to more of that in the future.

This Bacon film is quite well made. The people who filmed it and the editors really did a great job on it. I usually watch art docs and make my own commentary on how I would have done it differently (Troublemakers is one of them). This one there aren't enough to even warrant talking about it. The company that makes these does a really good job at art docs.

Thanks. Have a beautiful week.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Website and Email Under Maintenance.

It's time for my website to undergo maintenance, so until it's all back online, my website AND email are undergoing a shutdown. In the meantime I'll be adding more upon here.

You'll always be able to reach me through @ or on Facebook or Instagram.

I appreciate your interest in my work and hope your week is a beautiful one!


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Seattle Showing with Friends

A few months ago, I got a call from my private dealer. They told me they were working with a gallery in Seattle about doing an exhibition. I said heck yeah and now it's on. Frederick Holmes Gallery in Seattle Washington is where it's at! The opening was last Thursday and the exhibition runs through the month of April 2017. The exhibition includes 3 of my paintings along with works by Darryl Hughto and Susan Roth. This is my second show west of the Mississippi River. But the first show with paintings. I'm so happy and grateful for this and I just wanna show it off as much as possible. Here's some wonderful pics courtesy of my dealer.

You can also see the email press release here..

Big Thanks going out to the Frederick Holmes Gallery.

You can also check out the video made by the gallery of my paintings.

Thanks Everyone!!!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Braided Paintings #2

In thinking about these new Braided Paintings, I have begun working on a second set with a different material. Going back to the original yarn that I used on all the yarn paintings. Granted this type of yarn is a thicker yarn which you can see only on the 2016 paintings. This second painting desired a color change from the first one. I never like to work through a series of the same color choices. To me that is more like decoration of the multiple. One day I will create multiples of work like this, but that day is long into the future. Depending on the circumstances of the time, we'll see just how long that takes to get here. As I look back on the four of these I have made. I am consistently dreaming of new things to do with this series. I cannot stop being creative, the ideas flow through me like water. It is my duty to complete as many of these as I can while I can. When I had the dream of the cube. I knew I had to figure out a way to get that cube made...or more to the point, how to make it myself. I don't desire to have work fabricated for me. I know that is the way a number of Artists do, but that's not for me. Only when I truly can't accomplish it on my own will I search for those to fabricate work for me. I revel in the opportunity to fully learn how to do everything myself. I have already been thinking of how to cast these in hard materials, but not bronze as so many have already talked with me about. I personally prefer aluminum. I like it's sheen and it's weight. To see these, shiny, prickly, almost weapon-like, is to me a wonderful matter that will happen. It's just a matter of time, and matter.

Image from the top of the painting.

Image from the middle.

And from the bottom.

I appreciate your viewing. Thanks for your time.
Jeffrey Collins

Friday, March 17, 2017

Selling some books from my collection

The time has come to allow some of my book collection to find new homes. I've had some of these for well over a decade. Gosh that sounds like a long time these days.

I've put them up on ebay and they should all end around the 23rd of March. Some real gems for your collection, including Willem de Kooning at the National Gallery of Art in DC. Mark Grotjahn from his LA gallery Blum & Poe. Olivier Mosset from his first large monograph. Frank Stella from his show at Mnuchin Gallery. And Simon Hantai from his show in Munster...a very rare catalog.

Thanks for viewing.
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Braided Paintings #1

In my desire to always be looking for ways to develop my work. I began working on variations in ropes to use as a substrate in painting. From sometime in early 2015 when I ran some yarn between the floor and ceiling of the home I was inhabiting in Pennsylvania, and up to the present. My mind is full of ideas, some that can be made now, but mostly with ideas that won't come for years, or at least as money is still an issue in the making of the work. Those of you who follow my work have noticed how much I love working with paint and creating paintings where there were only sculpture least in my world.

At the beginning of 2017, I began a series of new BRAIDED PAINTINGS. Using Poly Rope that was purchased at the local hardware store. I won't say because they aren't paying me to say their name. I wanted something thicker than what they offered and began braiding this poly rope. Having worked out the how and what, the only section left over was the actual DOING. All along knowing that I had to make sure these works were going to stick around, I didn't want them to have any sort of problems that might come up with time. These works will not have those problems, unless something drastic happens that is unnatural to the nature of the work and it's life. I would tell people but frankly with all the copycats that have come around after the Richter film, I don't want to share methods from myself or others. I now realize why so many people never wanted me to film them painting. 

I have been enjoying making these new works and enjoying having them hang around me. The ability to view these works from all kinds of lighting situations and viewing angles have really brought me an appreciation that I was wondering about when I began working on these. There is always a sense of stepping out on the ledge when going about doing something new to oneself, and I'm glad I stepped out, the staircase appeared and I am working on climbing it as time permits.

Here is the first BRAIDED PAINTING...

Acrylic on Poly Braided Rope
36 X 3.5"

Top Detail

Middle Detail

Bottom Detail

If you are interested, this is available here on my Saatchi Store.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Braided Paintings

And now for something different...

May 2015: I had a vision that combined my work and that of Fred Sandback. His ideas of splitting space with one string of yarn quite fascinated me. Such simplicity, and such force of space. At the time I was living in a small town in Pennsylvania with a ground floor that was unfinished. I had this vision quite early in the evening, and felt I could immediately try my hand at making what my vision had given me. I went downstairs after grabbing some yarn, a couple eye screws and some paint. In the back of the space was a perfect place to begin my development of this new thing in my life. Nice thing about having that place was I could set it up and not have to worry about it coming down in 3 weeks. Finding the mark in the middle of the room, I began to go to work. Stringing yarn through the two eye screws, I felt once I had about 4 strings between the ceiling and floor, that it was enough to go on for the first piece. Nice thing about the eye screws is you can set your own tension, and if you know about the yarn work I have been doing since 2014, you know it has a lot of tension in the work. Once I had set the tension. Standing on a makeshift stool was quite good for what I needed at the time. Able to see the work from all kinds of angles is what I love about working on my art. I have the chances to see it in so many ways that others will never get to. It also makes me feel for those who have to view my work in a public venue, you always have to go by what they put out there in their gallery rules. But you come visit me, you'll see the work in 20 different ways.

Once the yarn was all ready and anchored correctly. I began painting upon it, a yellow textural paint upon a baby blue colored yarn. It was quite the nice color combination. One day I'll make this work again, except this time I think I'll use the poly rope that I've been using lately.

Months later. I was thinking about painting in general, also thinking about how some artists are very resourceful in finding new materials to make into their artwork. I was thinking about Richard Tuttle and his rope pieces. As I was thinking of the visual of this small rope piece behind the door at his collectors home. Super simple but with a voice that says, 'here I am, if you don't like it, go away.' I admire the man and his work like these, he really put himself out on a limb and didn't fall off. I began to wonder if I could ever make work that small and potent.

It wasn't long after that evening, I truly began putting together in my head what would make a work that gave the nod to Tuttle but was also something of mine. There are so many little things you need to think of when trying to create something new for yourself. One thing was to try to paint on a piece of rope, something that moves back and forth, something that frays over time, something that might be hard to attach to a wall, how to still keep the painting once the work has dried and had attached itself to the substrate behind the work itself. I didn't want to paint these directly on a wall only for it to never be allowed to be removed without ruining the painting. That's not good for someone in a small space.

Speaking with a fellow painter, Deb Covell in England, she was telling me about her paintings she had been making out of 'paint skins'. She mentioned the plastic that covers her floor which allows the paint to peel up once dry. Upon hearing that I remembered painting my poured paintings on a sheet of plastic tarp. Even though it was a pain to paint upon when you are trying to move a wooden stretcher around. The paint would pull up from the plastic surface creating some cool extras. It helped me remember things I had done in my past where I was inadvertently using plastic sheeting to help keep the paint off what I was painting on....tables, floors, etc.

March 2016. I made my way to the hardware store. I won't mention the name because they get enough publicity. :D Found the aisle where the ropes are, found some manila rope in 1 inch thickness.

Bought 2 ft of it to try out. Took it home and began doing what I could to make sure it lasted long into the future. One thing I always make sure of when making new works is to make sure to seal things in Acrylic medium, as it's a great protector for the future, it's flexible too so it's a good way of future-proofing the work. As you can see in the above photo.

Will continue later......

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