Three Nudes (1974)
PETER COLLINS ARCA (1923-2001)
Red chalk on paper; signed and dated bottom right
In original frame
Born in 1923, Collins began his career in the commercial studio of an advertising agency, during which time he attended art school in the evening. His career was interrupted by World War II and in 1943, he joined the army, serving in the Royal Artillery where he was attached to the Education Corps teaching painting and drawing and also holding an appointment as a part-time teacher at St. Martin’s School of Art. After the war, Collins won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art where he studied between 1947-1950. He went on to work as a commercial artist, producing iconic travel posters for British Railways and British European Airways. In 1975 Collins and his wife Georgette famously acquired Stanley Studios in Chelsea, converting it into single artistic residence. The Studios were central to the Chelsea Bohemian art scene, becoming a work space for artists such as Jack Smith, Rodrigo Moynihan and Elizabeth Frink.