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Matthew James Collins

Matthew James Collins

Matthew James Collins is a sculptor, painter and printmaker.

Matthew Collins was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1970. Nurtured in an artistic family, his enthusiasm for painting was encouraged from the earliest age. By his early teens, his study of drawing had already begun under the tutelage of his father, James Edward Collins, an award-winning architect.

After graduating with a B.A. in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Matthew attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he focused on drawing, etching and sculpture. He finished numerous copies from the Art Institute’s collection, including inspirational works by Goya, Ingres, Corot, Manet, Whistler and Sargent.

Matthew is an artist of unusually wide breadth. His oil paintings, frescos and sculptures show a mastery of technique and a sensitivity to the subject that is uniquely his own. Not limited to a single genre, he applies his vision to portraiture, landscape, decoration and figurative subjects.

Matthew Collins currently divides his time between Italy and Chicago. He has exhibited internationally and his works are represented in private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

2008 Honorable Mention in the Portrait Society of America's Members' showcase
2009 First place for sculpture in the Portrait Society of America's Members’ showcase
2010 First place for sculpture Utrecht Art 2nd Annual Art Competition
2011 Bedi-Makky prize, National Sculpture Society's 78th Annual Awards Exhibition
2011 5th Merit award for Non-commissioned Portrait in the Portrait Society of America's Member's Only Competition
2012 Award of Exceptional Merit in the Portrait Society of America's International Competition
2012 2nd place at the Oak Park Art League's 2nd National Carriage House Exhibition
2012 2nd place at the 4th National Catholic Art Competition and Exhibition, St. Vincent's Gallery

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