Collins paintings and style are entirely her own, instantly recognizable, raw emotion often transforming partial imagery of the figurative horse into something far greater.
Her works, founded upon layer after layer of pages, historical documents, and other materials from wood to metal, bring the living soul to life, so that it is our greatest and most powerful selves that are reflected in the images – what we can be.
She is most known in part for her dramatic use of massive scale – yet that same scale provides an even greater challenge for a painter, as the initial amazement that the scale brings must be exceeded upon closer inspection, the brush strokes of chaos and emotion becoming a symphony of which the viewer never tires.
Each work for Collins must provide an ongoing exploration for the viewer, whether tomorrow, ten years from now, or one hundred.
Ashley Collins (born 1967) has become one of the most successful living female contemporary artists in the world. Her blue chip collector base has been built against every artistic rule, and the pre-conceived narrow barriers of what define Contemporary Art. Her works, layer by layer, stroke by stroke, year after year, have conquered adversity through immense passion and perseverance.
Collins suffered through years of homelessness and struggle – a journey which is reflected within the raw depth and heart of each painting.
Collins continues to break through the upper echelons of the art world: each individual collector purchasing for generations to come; illustrating what can be achieved with two and three dimensional art, its impact on the world, and indeed each one of us.