23rd May – 16th June 2018
To the north of Sydney lies the Hawkesbury River. Home for the past 31 years.
The movement of currents and tides over mudflats.
The broken lines of broken jetties.
Masts and Hulls reflected.
This estuarine environment is my inspiration and its evocation the primary focus of my work.
David Collins is a landscape painter who has lived on an island in the Hawkesbury River, NSW, since 1987. He crosses the Hawkesbury regularly by row boat and this close contact with the river has had a deep impact on his work.
In contrast to this estuarine environment, David, along with his partner, the artist, Ana Pollak, has made numerous trips to the outback to paint and draw.
Since 1990, David has held 15 solo exhibitions of paintings and drawings as well as participated in many group exhibitions.
In 2013 he received a high commendation in the Wynne Prize for landscape painting from the Art Gallery of NSW.
David was able to further pursue a long time fascination with Chinese painting and calligraphy in 2004 when he was offered a residency and teaching position at the North West University for Minorities in Lan Zhou, China and between 2009 and 2014 he held part-time tutoring positions with TAFE NSW and Sydney Art School.