May I Introduce Jacob Collins?

30 Apr 2011

Thinking Man by Jacob Collins, oil painting, 30 x 20, 2004.
Thinking Man by Jacob Collins, oil painting, 30 x 20, 2004.
Jacob Collins: Weekend With the Masters Instructor

Jacob Collins is a leading figure in the contemporary revival of classical painting. He earned a B.A. in history from Columbia College and attended the New York Studio School, the New York Academy of Art, and the Art Students League, all in Manhattan.

As a student, Collins also copied extensively in museums in America and Europe. His work has been widely exhibited in North America and Europe and is included in several American museums, and he has painted numerous private and public portrait commissions.

Collins is the founder of the Water Street Atelier, The Grand Central Academy of Art, and the Hudson River School for Landscape, all in New York. The methodology of the Grand Central Academy is built on the approaches taught in the ateliers of the 15th through 19th centuries and which we developed successfully at Water Street: cast drawing and grisaille painting, progressing through to figure drawing and ultimately to figure painting.

GCA's core program, however, goes beyond this, with copying paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a thorough study of perspective, anatomy with écorché and dissection, portraiture, painting methods and materials, plein air oil sketch, color theory and composition, and art history for painters—all taught by professional artists. The historical relationship between painting, sculpture and architecture is reflected in the core curriculum, which also introduces architectural drawing and figure sculpture. Each distinct stage in the student's education was conceived and is controlled by a larger trajectory, the end of which is to give the student the skills and understanding necessary to create classically inspired paintings finely conceived and excellently executed.

He is represented by Adelson Galleries, in New York City; John Pence Gallery, in San Francisco; and Meredith Long & Co., in Houston, Texas, and he also regularly shows with Tree's Place Gallery, in Orleans, Massachusetts. For more information on Collins, visit his website.

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