* David Collins | Stanley Street Gallery

* David Collins

Represented by Stanley Street Gallery


My painting draws its inspiration from the environment in which I live and the places I have been fortunate enough to visit. Since moving to the Hawkesbury in 1987, the river, with its surrounding bushland, bridges, boats and jetties has been the primary focus of my work. Regular trips to the outback have provided an important counterpoint to this watery world.



Available Works


On Point 13th September - 30th September 2017



Since 1990, David Collins has held 13 solo exhibitions of paintings and drawings and participated in numerous group shows. In 2011 he was awarded the painting prize in the Hornsby Art Prize and in 2013 received a high commendation in the Wynne prize for landscape painting.

David has taught painting and drawing with TAFE NSW and the Sydney Art School. In 2004 he was Artist in Residence and Tutor at the North-West University for Minorities, Lan Zhou, China



Biographical Notes

1987-Present           Lives and works on the Hawkesbury River, NSW
2017                           Painting trip to the Midi Pyrenees, France
2011-2014                 Part-time Tutor Painting and Drawing, Sydney Art School
2009-2010               Part-time Tutor Painting and Drawing, Dept Fine Arts, Hornsby TAFE
1993-2006               Painting trips to Central Australia, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland
2004                           Artist in Residence and Teacher, College of Fine Arts, North West University for      Minorities, Lan Zhou, China
1982                           Graduate Diploma of Education, Sydney College of Advanced Education
1979-1980                 Diploma of Art (Painting), Canberra School of Art
1977-78                       Art Certificate, Hornsby Technical College

Solo Exhibitions

2016                           Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney ‘Recent Work’
2015                           Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney ‘The Pilbara and Beyond’
2014                           Depot Gallery II, Sydney ‘Recent Paintings’
2012                           The Edge Art Space, Brooklyn, NSW ‘Trunkline’
2012                           Depot Gallery II, Sydney ‘A Line Across the River’
2011                           Wallarobba, Hornsby Shire Council Arts & Cultural Centre
2011                           The Edge Art Space, Brooklyn, NSW ‘Salt and Sand’
2010                           Artarmon Galleries, Sydney ‘Headland’
2006                           Artarmon Galleries, Sydney
2004                            Sage Mind Gallery, Lan Zhou, China
2000                           Artarmon Galleries, Sydney ‘Inland Sea’
1996                           Artarmon Galleries, Sydney
1995                           James Harvey Gallery, Sydney
1991                           Ewart Gallery, Sydney
1990                           Ewart Gallery, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017                           Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, ‘Moment of Light’
2016.                           Grace Cossington Smith Art Award
2016                           Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, ‘Drawn Together Painted Apart’
2016                           Korea Australia Arts Foundation Art Prize
2015                           Cossack Art Award, WA, invited artist
2015                           Korea Australia Arts Foundation Art Prize
2015                           Grace Cossington Smith Gallery
2015                           Salon des Refuse, S H Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2013                          Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW
2013                           Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery
2011                           Hornsby Art Prize
2010                           Hornsby Art Prize
2008                            Hawkesbury Regional Gallery ‘Downstream’ with Ana and Jenny Pollak
2007                           Artarmon Galleries, Sydney, with Robert Griffiths and Donald Ramsay
2005                           Salon des Refuse, S H Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2005                           Artarmon Galleries, Sydney with Georgina Worth
2003                           Artarmon Galleries, Sydney, ‘Spinifex and Iron’, with Ana Pollak
2001                           Artarmon Galleries, Sydney, ‘Water’s Way’, with Robert Griffiths
1996                           James Harvey Gallery, Sydney


2013                           Highly Commended, Wynne Prize
2011                           Painting Prize, Hornsby Art Prize
1978                           Hunter Gallery Art Award


Download David Collins Artist Statement and CV (PDF)