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GARY MAX COLLINS
Ivins, Utah 84738 U.S.A.
Collins, contemporary oil and watercolor painter and
one of Utahs finest landscape artists, was born
in the mid 30's and has drawn and painted since early childhood.
He grew up in a nurturing family that fostered his
artistic talent and his innate appreciation of art.
At a young age he studied the art of the early Utah
painters and practiced duplicating works of the masters
such as Van Gough and Matisse. His early interest
in art, sparked by teachers and his grandfather, a
poet and naturalist, eventually led Gary to sample
a variety of related professions while painting; interior
and graphic design, architecture and illustration.
Selling his first works at the age of 20, Gary ultimately
realized his dream to paint full time in 1969. A press
release from a Los Angeles gallery said of Gary Collins,
"Many artists have the ability to depict a landscape.
Few have the talent to show a viewer what the places
up in the mountain west, Gary found continual inspiration
in the ever changing moods of the mountain and desert
seasons. His early fascination with trees, their roots,
bark, leaves and seasonal changes led him to a life
long love affair with the aspen tree. Quoting one
of his clients, "It is a pleasure to experience
one of Garys landscape paintings and feel the
warmth of sunshine radiating through the trees."
attended Brigham Young University in the late 50s
and the University of Utah in the early 60s. He has
traveled and painted throughout the world and spends
his summers painting plein-air landscapes in France
and Italy. "There is something spontaneous and
immediate about painting on location, whether in small
villages or out in the countryside surrounded by nature." Something magical happens while capturing the color,
light and shadow before it is changed by the movement
of the sun."
the winters Gary paints at his desert home in Kayenta,
Utah and his studio in Salt Lake City.
Garys paintings have a distinct quality, a unique
blend of traditional, impressionistic, and abstract
Collins' purpose through his renditions is not to
recreate a landscape, yet to convey a dream-like impression
of timelessness and calm. His paintings create a sense
of a passing effect of atmosphere, light, and symmetry,
while the energy conveyed to the viewer becomes highly
subjective. What he defines as "the sensual pleasure
of change", the fleeting moment, is captured
work has been widely distributed in several languages
written by clinical psychologist Stephen C. Paul which
includes Illusions, Inneractions and In Love. His
most recent book features golf landscapes in The Secrets
to the Game of Golf and Life. Collins has exhibited
in galleries such as A Gallery, Williams Fine Art,
and Brushworks Gallery in Salt Lake City, Meyer's
in Santa Fe; the Mauna Lani Resort and the Hale Kea
Estate in Waimea, Hawaii; the Kimball Art Center in
Park City, Utah, and the Phoenix Gallery in Park City,
is the father of three children, two of which are
successful artists who often collaborate and exhibit
with their mentor.
goal is to create paintings that give people pleasure
and enrich their environment. "Painting is my
true joy. I feel fortunate that I am able to make
my living doing what I love, that I have the luxury
of being able to follow my bliss."
/ selected list
Security Bank, Zion's Bank, American Savings, Holiday
Inn, Utah First Bank,
Bank of Utah, Willow Creek Country Club, Salt Lake
Hilton, Peery Hotel,
Intermountain Health Care, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt
Lake Chamber of Commerce,
University of Utah Alumni Center, T.O.S.H. Sports
Medical Center, SLC,UT.,
Riverside Country Club, Provo, UT., Zion Park Inn,
Sundance Resort, Sundance, UT., Doral Golf Resort,
The Citrus Golf Club, La Quinta, CA.
Young University, Provo, UT.
Taught painting at University of Utah, Salt Lake City,
Traveled and painted throughout the United States,
England, Ireland, France,
Italy, Greece, Israel, Mexico, Tahiti and Hawaii.