is an American realist painter working in New York, NY. He is a leading figure of the contemporary classical art revival. He founded the Water Street Atelier, The Grand Central Academy of Art and The Hudson River Fellowship.
Jacob Collins was born on August 11, 1964, in New York, NY. Collins comes from a family of artists and scholars. As a child, he started copying works by Old Masters in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From a young age, Collins knew that he wanted to be an artist, although his interest and skill lay in a classical style that was out of favor in the late 20th century. Moving away from Modernism, he identified instead with works of 15th–19th century masters and their techniques and aesthetics.
Collins studied in Europe and at the New York Studio School following his graduation from The Dalton School
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. He earned a BA in History from Columbia
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, attended the New York Academy of Art (NYAA) and the Art Students League of New York
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. Collins' teachers included painters Aaron Kurzen, Ted Seth Jacobs, and Michael Aviano and the sculptor Martine Vaugel. This education brought together Collins' modernist background and his classical inclinations. He also copied from the masters at the Musée du Louvre, the Museo del Prado and the Uffizi Gallery.
After Collins' studies, his New York studio became the center of a new evolving classical art scene. These painters worked to regain the skills and spirit of Classical art. A number of them have gone on to successful careers and leadership roles in the traditional realist art movement. The Paint Group
at Hirschl & Adler Modern in New York, NY was a significant exhibition of the works of this group. During this period, Collins painted portrait commissions and started showing professionally at the Salander-O'Reilly Galleries in New York City.
In the early 1990s, Collins founded the Water Street Atelier, which has trained dozens of artists in a classical manner. These artists include Juliette Aristides, Michael Grimaldi, Camie Davis, Kate Lehman, Travis Schlaht, Arantzazu Martínez, Dan Thompson, Tony Mastromatteo, Sarah Lamb, Edward Minoff, Nicholas Hiltner, Scott Waddell, Joshua LaRock, Colleen Barry, Will St. John, Douglas Flynt and Patricia Watwood. He is the director of the Grand Central Academy of Art
The Grand Central Academy of Art is an art school located at 20 West 44th Street in New York City. Founded by New York artist Jacob Collins, the school focuses on training artists in the classical art tradition.- References :...
, a new school in New York City and a hub of the classical revival art scene. The Grand Central Academy operates in affiliation with the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America. During 2007, Jacob Collins created the Hudson River Fellowship. The purpose of this school is to facilitate the building of a new movement of American art, modeling itself after the artistic, social and spiritual values of the Hudson River School painters.
Jacob Collins lives and paints in New York City. He and his wife, the writer Ann Brashares
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, have four children.
Jacob Collins’ style is considered Classical Realism
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, and his subject matter focuses on the figure, portraiture, still life and landscape as well as the occasional interior. Collins’ nude figurative works, especially, reveal a point of view that is distinctly contemporary, and his setups are simple, incorporating at most a bed sheet and a length of fabric.
Collins’ drawing and paintings have been shown with museums and galleries in North America and Europe, and he has been commissioned to paint portraits of J. Paul Getty, Jr, President George H.W. Bush and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger. Collins is represented by Adelson Galleries (New York), the John Pence Gallery (San Francisco) and Meredith Long & Co. (Houston).
- Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
- The Forbes Collection, New York, NY
- John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
- Private Collection of Ann and Gordon Getty, CA
- Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
- Steinway Hall, New York, NY
- Union League Club, New York, NY
- U.S. Trust Co., New York, NY
- The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
- Yale Law School, New Haven, CT