Artwork by Gerard Collins,  Vanitas Painting
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Consignor Canadian Fine Art
326 Dundas St West
Toronto ON M5T 1G5
Ph. 1(416)479-9703

Lot #3

Gerard Collins
Vanitas Painting

oil on canvas
signed and dated 2016 (twice); titled on the stretcher; unframed
24.5 x 38 ins ( 62.2 x 96.5 cms )

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Private Collection
Collins’ “Vanitas” is part of an ongoing series of paintings which incorporate the traditional elements of the early 17th century Dutch still life paintings of Pieter Claesz, Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, and other Dutch Masters.The composition displays some of the traditional symbols in vanitas paintings that show the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death, such as the skull, the blooming flower and ripening fruit. Yet Collins also incorporates a modernist backdrop to the artwork, referencing the Fauvist colour of Matisse and flattened planes of Picasso’s Cubism. Collins suggests that while most things in the world are fleeting or ephemeral, these modernist styles remain relevant.
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Gerard Collins
(1957)

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.