Artworx Gallery | Contemporary Art & Gifts | Goolwa SA

Artworx Gallery - currently celebrating its 10th anniversary - is a regular award winner and the finest contemporary art gallery on South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula.

Vic Collins

Vic was born in Port Lincoln, South Australia and at aged 10 the family moved to Alice Springs for a number of years.  At this point he had the privilege of watching Albert Namatjira paint under a gum tree.  From Alice Springs he moved to the Riverland where he spent 25 years.  Thus his works are very influenced by the outback as well as his beloved Riverland.  His humorous paintings are based on memories of swimming after paddlesteamers to hitch a lift and catching catfish for the local hotel to sell as cod!

He left school at 15 and worked as a cooper making wine barrels for the local wine producers.

In 1956 he worked as a semi-professional kangaroo shooter, an occupation which introduced him to another late developing artist, Jack Absalom.

From the Riverland he moved to Adelaide with his wife and 3 children. His journey into the art world began in 1983 as a result of a car accident which incapacitated him for 6 months.  Thus he went down to Kmart and bought some paints and commenced his career as an artist.  A lot of his comic inspiration is also drawn from years of driving tour coaches.  Again a lot of these trips took him into the outback.  He has been represented by many galleries both in South Australia and interstate and a lot of his works reside overseas.

He has now retired to Goolwa where he still enjoys painting

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