Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Gerard Collins studied fine art in England, Germany (including studies under Gerhard Richter) and Nova Scotia before returning to his hometown to pursue his career. Artist, curator and Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Ray Cronin, has written that, "Collins’ practice is rooted solidly in a world of subversive ideas as befits the conceptual tradition. The fragments, the individual paintings are, finally, records of the fact that art has happened. That Collins is a very fine painter is almost incidental." Collins has pursued the practice of “rules-based” painting since he graduated, and through the course of many series, he has continued to create a body of work which, though born out of conceptual strategy, is aesthetically pleasing and definitely beautiful to behold.

Considered to be one of the finest contemporary painters of the Maritimes, Gerard Collins has had numerous exhibitions since 1977. His work can be found in many important collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the New Brunswick Museum, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the University of New Brunswick, Mount St. Vincent University, the Owens Art Gallery, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Canada Council Art Bank, the New Brunswick Art Bank as well as corporate and private collections.

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