Timothy Collins


About the artist:

Timothy Randle Collins was born on November 5, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois. Timothy showed promise in his artistic abilities and in 1974, he was enrolled in the Gifted Art Program at William H. Ray Elementary School. While in high school, during the years of 1978 to 1979, Mr. Collins was selected to become a member of Pier Group, an inner-city Artist in Residence Program sponsored by the Chicago Council on Fine Art based at Navy Pier.

Timothy R. Collins attended Parsons School of Design (New York, NY), Art under on One Roof (Florence, Italy), and The School of the Art Institute (Chicago, IL). His work has been exhibited at the New York Public Library (New York, NY.), Galleria Forum lnterArt, (Rome, Italy); The Blank Center for the Arts, (Michigan City, IN.); Tara Peck, (Portsmouth, NH).

Mr. Collins artwork has been displayed in solo and group exhibitions in Chicago as well as New York City, including The New York Public Library, The Beverly Art Center, Gallery Guichard, the University of Illinois at Chicago, The Museum of Science and Industry, and Gallery 312. He has received awards and grants, including The Citation Award from Black Creativity (Museum of Science and Industry), The Best of Show from The Beer Art Competition (Beverly Art Center), both awards received for his work called “Emmet Till, Wolf Whistle: Before and After”. A CAAP Grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs (Chicago, IL) and the IAS-PO Grant from the Illinois Arts Council (Chicago, IL).

Timothy enjoys experimenting with different techniques and utilizing various materials to achieve the desired effect. He’s worked with oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, and uses color, texture, energy, to communicate his vision. A vision of the urban existence of the seen and not seen.

My paintings are inspired by urban life, urban landscapes, and my personal experience. They’re about the universal themes that connect all of us. My images come from all over, a photo, sketch, the streets, visions, and memory. If it relates to the concept I’m trying to express, I use it. The artwork reflects a longstanding relationship with abstraction, color, materials and found objects. I want the viewer of my artwork to feel and think about what he or she sees. To use their emotions and their imaginations, to put themselves in my place. I’d like the audience of my pictures to stop and invest their time in what they view. I want my work to become a mirror to the viewer showing the beauty and ugliness that surrounds us. But in considering my work, I hope the person comes away with a richer understanding of our world and the common thread that joins us together.