Roland Collins – Drawings & Gouaches – A Retrospective

1918 Born, Kensal Rise
1929 – 1967 Lives in Maida Vale
1926 Won ‘Evening News’ Poster Competition
Attended Kilburn Grammar School
Won a London County Council grant to attend St Martin’s School of Art
1936 Works for the London Press Exchange (Design and Layout)
Conscientious Objector during War
1940s – 1983 Studio in Percy Street
Teaches his own life class. Starts to develop passion for architecture
Designed record sleeves for Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker
1946 Buys a gaff-rigged yacht which he keeps at Burnham on Crouch, and which feeds his love of sailing and boats
1947 Attended Morris Kestelman’s Class at Central School. Starts to consolidate his style with gouache being his preferred medium
1952 Designs and edits ‘The Young Ballet Dancers Magazine’
Rides twice a week along Rotten Row for 29 years
1949 Illustrates ‘Picturesque Guide to the Thames’
1954 Illustrates Noel Carrington’s ‘Colour and Patterns in the Home’, which goes on to become a collector’s item and cult classic
1964 Purchases Ocean Cottage, Whitstable, Kent
1970 Becomes founder member and secretary of the Charlotte Street Association for the preservation and enhancement of Fitzrovia
1987 Marries Louisa Connie McConduch Ross
1990 – 1995 Moves to Padstow
1995 Moves back to South London

Exhibitions
1937 Royal Academy Summer Show
1950s Various Group shows (Pastel Society, City of London Art Exhibition, London Group)
1966 First one man show – Fitzroy Tavern, Charlotte Street
1988 One man exhibition ‘Favourite Places’– Illustrator Gallery
1994 Begins to be represented by the Michael Parkin Gallery
2000 Galerie Montador, Dieppe
2012 ‘Found Landscapes’ – Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood
‘The Discerning Eye’ – Mall Galleries, London
2013 – Browse & Darby, London
2016 – Browse & Darby, London Roland Collins – Drawings & Gouaches – A Retrospective.