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01 April 2008

Artist of the Month

Gavin Collins was born in Cape town, South Africa, the son of a farmer and artist. Living on farms all his life, Gavin showed no interest in academic subject but spend his days working with his hands, drawing and painting. When his talents for art became apparent at the age of, his parents supported him and at allowed him to leave school and attend the Ruth Prowse school of art.

Gavin studied Graphic design but never give up his love for painting in oils. Gavin is continually influenced by the master of the past as he receives great enjoyment from studying their styles and techniques. Gavin had his first exhibition at the age of 14.

Life in the township

As a young man, Gavin experimented with various styles applying some of his graphic design knowledge to his paintings using pleasing pastel colours thinned to create an almost water colour effect, a style that was most successful.

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