My Name is Art: Pat Collins
HOWL GALLERY/TATTOO PRESENTS MY NAME IS ART: WORKS BY PAT COLLINS
OPENING RECEPTION MARCH 2nd DURING FORT MYERS ART WALK
HOWL Gallery presents “My Name is ART”, a new exhibit by Pat Collins. In developing her artistic style, Pat was drawn to the graphic look of artists' stencils created for the street, posters, and galleries while living in NYC and began experimenting with her own. After moving to Fort Myers, stencils became the basis for her series of mixed media paintings exhibited at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in 1996. She incorporated her stencils into the etching process and later in gelatin printmaking techniques, which she demonstrated in a 2010 workshop for local art teachers.
Acrylics, spray paint, paint sticks, graphite combined with stencils, rubber stamps, collage, and printmaking allow her to mix that graphic edge with painterly texture and drawing. Working with themes and imagery that combine a carnivalesque attitude with social commentary, some paintings focus on a single image while others are more layered compositions.
Stenciled and stamped stickers connect back to her original inspiration, and landed her work in a national traveling exhibition, the "STUCK-UP Tour: A History of Sticker Culture", which culminated at Scope Miami 2011. Other recent exhibitions include "A Community of Artists", FGCU; "Stencil & Candy", Art Modern Gallery, Miami; and Verge Miami Beach 2010.
Opening reception for “My Name is ART” exhibit at HOWL will be held Friday, March 2nd, in conjunction with the downtown Fort Myers Art Walk, from 6-10pm. Light refreshments provided. Free event. The exhibit continues through the end of March.