Peter Collins


Peter’s painting career started soon after the war when he became a part-time tutor at St Martin’s School of Art before winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Art where he studied from 1947-50.  In 1961 he opened Balcome Studios in Sussex, where, apart from his own paintings, he showed work by Freud, Sickert and Matthew Smith amongst others.  In the mid-seventies he bought Stanley Studios in Chelsea becoming a key part of the Bohemian Art Scene of the period.  Peter himself was a magnificent draughtsman, a skill clearly shown in a long series of exceptional life drawings.  His paintings are confidently and strongly coloured, full of energy and cover a wide range of styles and subjects.