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Patrick Collins, 1910–1994

The Wood Pigeon’s Nest1974

Collins’ style developed out of a fascination and connection with the Irish landscape. His practice would often involve detailed studies of twigs and moss. Misty hues dominate his palette, contributing to the atmospheric mood. Although Collins was primarily a landscape artist it was the concept of the land that concerned him – his work rarely related to a particular place but captures the romantic notion of a poetic Ireland. ‘The Wood Pigeon’s Nest’ perfectly encapsulates this atmospheric style. The image of nest and egg is central. The vulnerability and fragility of the nest is evoked, the subject hewn out of an abstract background.

MediumOil on hardboard
Dimensions 33.4 x 41.4 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
Item NumberIMMA.164 GL
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Patrick Collins, The Wood Pigeon’s Nest, 1974, Oil on hardboard, 33.4 x 41.4 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

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About the Artist

Patrick Collins 1910–1994

Sligo born Patrick Collins attended the National College of Art and first exhibited at the 1950 Irish Exhibition of Living Art. His style developed out of a connection with the landscape, dominated by misty hues that captured the romantic notion of a poetic Ireland. Collins was elected to the Honorary Council of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1980. He became a member of Aosdána in 1981 and was elected Saoi in 1987.
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