Elliot Collins
Elliot Collins is a poetic painter who operates in what he describes as a "world of free associations", frequently employing words to "visualise the stuff of thoughts" and explore the process of making meaning.

Collins's texts are almost entirely his own words. Drawn from a kind of visual diary, they have to prove themselves "paint worthy" and usually been around for a couple of years by the time they make it into a painting. The font Hoeffler is consistently employed for its clear legibility and the words, described by curator Heather Galbraith as "equal parts brave, hilarious, earnest, melancholic, embarrassing, strident and poetic", jump from a painterly ground.

Collins' completed his practice-led Ph.D at AUT in 2018, researching memory markers in the landscape in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Reviewing a major 14 metre wide site-specific work commissioned for City Gallery Wellington, critic Mark Amery wrote: "Collins' text lives in the cryptic spaces between personal anecdote, literary flourish, art historical quotation and public address, diminishing in size as it runs down the wall, like movie credits or concentric circles left from a stone dropped in a pool. Underneath the text swatches of paint swarm up as a school of fish, like a letting go of modernism and all that is behind us, sent off into the ether by the force of the spinning of the globe."
It's o.k. it was all so beautiful
2011
Elliot Collins
oil on canvas
1000 x 1500 mm
It's o.k. it was all so beautiful
2011
Elliot Collins
oil on canvas
1000 x 1500 mm
Future music (we think about you often) #2
2012
Elliot Collins
vinyl on synthetic skin, tambourine
230 mm diameter
Future music (we think about you often) #2
2012
Elliot Collins
vinyl on synthetic skin, tambourine
230 mm diameter
Tate Britain / Tate Modern
2012
Elliot Collins
oil, rabbit skin glue on linen, gold leaf on board, found pizza base (framed), found oil paint (framed)
dimensions variable
Tate Britain / Tate Modern
2012
Elliot Collins
oil, rabbit skin glue on linen, gold leaf on board, found pizza base (framed), found oil paint (framed)
dimensions variable
Great lovers
2015
Elliot Collins
digital archival print
595 x 405 x 30 mm
Great lovers
2015
Elliot Collins
digital archival print
595 x 405 x 30 mm
The way a child leans on you
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
620 x 440 mm framed
The way a child leans on you
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
620 x 440 mm framed
Direct eye contact (held)
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
440 x 315 mm framed
Direct eye contact (held)
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
440 x 315 mm framed
The distant roar of thunder
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
620 x 440 mm framed
The distant roar of thunder
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
620 x 440 mm framed
The great silence
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
450 x 315 mm framed
The great silence
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
450 x 315 mm framed
Kia Tau (Puhoi Church [of Saints Peter and Paul], with T.H.R. Boxold)
1980-2019
Elliot Collins
oil on board
540 x 615 mm
Kia Tau (Puhoi Church [of Saints Peter and Paul], with T.H.R. Boxold)
1980-2019
Elliot Collins
oil on board
540 x 615 mm
A memorial to the breeze at my back 3
2018
Elliot Collins
patinated copper disc
195 mm diameter
A memorial to the breeze at my back 3
2018
Elliot Collins
patinated copper disc
195 mm diameter
We may never meet again
2019
Elliot Collins
oil on linen
1500 x 1115 mm
We may never meet again
2019
Elliot Collins
oil on linen
1500 x 1115 mm
Wharemoe
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
440 x 315 mm framed
Wharemoe
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
440 x 315 mm framed