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SELECTED WORKS BY Andy Collins

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Andy Collins
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2001

Oil and Alkyd on Canvas

127 x 134.5cm
Andy Collins’s paintings are lusciously synthetic. Cold and glossy, his large pastel canvases are suffocating vacuums of glamour. Working from fashion photos, Collins’s abstracted forms are derived from the overlooked in-between spaces of supermodel spreads. Folds in fabric, creases in elbows, knees and armpits become a pattern of fetishised contemplation. Their contours are retraced and suggested forms are embellished, creating ethereal motifs that are both organic and electrifying. Collins’s process is one of almost perverse fixation. Taking several months to complete a painting, he painstakingly constructs his airless forms entirely by hand, leaving no trace of brushwork. In Untitled, his biomorphic composition, a sublime vacuous beauty, mesmerises both seduction and emptiness.
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Andy Collins
Untitled

2002

Oil and Alkyd on Canvas

175 x 165cm
Andy Collins’s paintings glow with a transcendental eroticism, bringing about a heightened state of awareness where physical sensuality courts cerebral enlightenment. Inspired by the prurience of fashion adverts, Untitled’s composition construes desire’s lingering remains as a Rorschach-like distortion; a mandala of allurement and absence. Collins conceives overwhelming sensation as an intangible void; his paintings resonate with a voyeuristic proclivity. Equally intimate and distant, his obsessive process (of up to 30 layers of seamless application) infuses his smooth surface with a slick confidence.
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Andy Collins
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2003

Oil and Alkyd on Canvas

122 x 129.5cm
Andy Collins’s paintings manufacture a hermetically sealed aesthetic, offering a deceptive brand of pop. In Untitled, benign-toned colour fields sit with antiseptic perfection, their plastic forms fade in and out of soft-porn focus, pulsating from the contoured motif. In hand-rendering the trappings of superficial attraction, Collins serves up clinical beauty with a fine strategic awareness. Fluctuating between the mechanical and biological, Collins evokes an unsettling hybrid: a calculating and corporate detachment born of the most intimate sentiment.
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Andy Collins
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2001

Oil and Alkyd on Canvas

141 x 145cm
Andy Collins's paintings are models of visual perfection. Approaching painting with a minimalist's fetishism, Collins hones his canvases to the simplest and boldest statements to capitalise on the power of suggested form. Working from photos, Andy Collins removes the subject, focussing instead on the evocative possibility of implied image. His abstracted patterns retain the essence of their original picture, and extrapolate a more complex interpretation, provoking emotional and spiritual reactions to qualities of surface, colour and composition. In Untitled, Andy Collins presents a pattern of mesmerising consonance. His biomorphic form insinuates bodily tactility; through clinical rendering, Andy Collins elevates these connotations to a metaphysical plane, creating a sensuality that's idealistic and conceptually pure.
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Andy Collins
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2005

Oil and Alkyd on Canvas

150 x 137cm
Combining both the spiritualism of abstract painting with the sublime numbness of mass media reproduction, Andy Collins infuses Untitled with a divine aura. Reminiscent of religious painting, Collins’s blues and golds evaporate into halos of blinding white radiance. Space becomes the focus of Collins’s painting. Suggestive of a topographical map, his forms waver with entropic energy, condensing and expanding in their abstracted plane.
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Andy Collins
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2005

Oil and Alkyd on Canvas

137 x 129cm
Andy Collins’s abstract paintings flirt between the intellect of formalist perfection and the frivolity of high-gloss design. In Untitled, Collins’s jagged pattern tears through his canvas with cartoon violence, suggestive of teeth, geological landscapes or seismological graphs. Effusing his form with a toxic glow, Collins subtly shifts the concentrated flatness of his image to a dynamic element of intrigue. His seamless brushwork renders this painting flawless. This controlled craftsmanship adds depth to the generic aesthetic of mass production.
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Andy Collins
Untitled

2001

Oil and Alkyd on Canvas

173 x 168cm
Andy Collins develops his forms from the sensuous suggestion of magazine layouts: tracing the gaps created by necklines, folded knees and flirtatious ripples in fabric. His paintings reproduce the sexual frisson of glimpsing up a skirt, the electric fixation of imagining what lies beneath. Through his intensive painting process, Collins's titillating forms melt into mesmerising abstractions. Contemplation of negative space takes metaphysical form, a knowledge gained not only from seeing, but experiencing silky textures and promising depths. Through the physicality of making, Collins’s figurative subjects are expressed in abstract fields, as synthetic and emotionally distant as his sources.
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Andy Collins
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2005

Oil and Alkyd on Canvas

183 x 162.5CM
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Andy Collins
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2005

Oil and Alkyd on Canvas

152 x 147cm
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Andy Collins
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2002

Oil and Alkyd on Canvas

157.5 x 173
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Andy Collins
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2002

Oil and Alkyd on Canvas

180 x 175cm

Andy Collins's BIOGRAPHY

1971
Born in Atlanta, Georgia.

1994
BFA, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

1999
MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York
Lives and works in New York


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS



2005
Mary Boone Gallery,
New York
Corvi-Mora, London
Artemis Greenberg Van Doren, New York

2004
Marc Foxx, Los Angeles

2003
Marc Foxx, Los Angeles
Corvi-Mora, London

2002
Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris

2001
Marc Foxx, Los Angeles
Galleria Emilio Mazzoli, Modena, Italy

2000
Audiello Fine Art, Inc., New York

1999
Audiello Fine Art, Inc., New York


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS



2005
Extreme Abstraction, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

2004
Beginning Here: 101 Ways,
Visual Arts Gallery, New York

2003
Youngstars, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna
Honey, I rearranged the collection, 1 Kempsford Rd, London

2002
Paintings, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles
Abstract Redux, Danese, New York
The Galleries Show: Contemporary Art in London, The Royal
Academy of Arts, London
Collectors Program. Sammlung Köhn, Krinzinger Projekte,
Vienna
Officina America, Villa Delle Rose, Bologna

1999
Andy Collins, Chris Brooks, Michael Lazarus, Ruth
Root, Rupert Goldsworthy Gallery, New York
Andy Collins, Jorge Pardo, Tobias Rehberger, Ghislaine Hussenot,
Paris

1998
Cool Stuff, Visual Arts Gallery, New York

Art Exchange, Visual Arts Gallery, New York
22.33, New York
Next, The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
The Innocent, Audiello Fine Arts Inc., New York

1997
Summer Show, Solomon Projects, Atlanta, Georgia

1996
The Gradual Development of Mankind, New
Visions Gallery,
Atlanta, Georgia