Elliot Collins

By the River

08 February - 10 March 2012

Elliot Collins’ work starts from painterly concerns, but his practice is not directed at solely solving artistic issues. The paintings mostly consist of text and paint applied in a seemingly expressionist fashion. The nature of text often seems searching and poetic; probing the tentative space between viewer, maker and medium. Often these texts hint at reflections of a personal nature though maintaining a quality of generality.

Although at first glance expressionistic, his painting expresses a control and restraint. They point to the ambiguousness of them being construed. This apparent contradiction keeps the on-looker searching for the intention of the maker and the artwork, stressing the fact that we are looking for clues and answers, art’s core business. Art here becomes the backdrop for communication in general. Collins’ concern lies in the space in between, the third space: the space between himself as the producer and the painting, the space between text and the painterly expression, the space between the onlooker and the artwork, the space between personal and the general.

Photography: Kallan MacLeod

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Elliot Collins
Every Colour in Marnay-sur-Seine
2011
oil on linen
1655mm H x 910mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
By the River
February 2012
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
By the River
February 2012
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
By the River
February 2012
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
By the River
February 2012
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
By the River
February 2012
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
By the River
February 2012
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
By the River
February 2012
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
By the River
February 2012
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
Héloise and Abelard #1
2011
acrylic on paper (6 panels)
520mm H x 980mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Héloise and Abelard #2
2011
acrylic on paper (6 panels)
520mm H x 980mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Road Trip
2011
oil on jute
1900mm H x 1850mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
I Will Let You Win At Wrestling, Sometimes
2011
oil on jute
1900mm H x 1700mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Eight Minutes to Earth
2011
oil on jute
1900mm H x 2000mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Be Brave
2011
oil on jute
1800mm H x 2000mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Little Things
2011
oil on jute
1845mm H x 1350mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Sadness is a Place
2011
oil on jute
1800mm H x 1900mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
By the River
February 2012
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
Sadness is a Place
2011
oil on jute
1800mm H x 1900mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
For 40 Days He Wandered
2011
oil on linen
800mm H x 500mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
When Something Is Very Good
2011
oil on linen
700mm H x 1000mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Héloise and Abelard #3
2011
acrylic on paper (6 panels)
520mm H x 980mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Héloise and Abelard #4
2011
acrylic on paper (6 panels)
520mm H x 980mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION