Peter Collis 1929-2012


This charming, urbane, immaculately suited Englishman has devoted himself artistically almost entirely to recording the landscape of his adopted home….He has become a quintessential voice for the ruggedly beautiful, dark and sublime mountains and valleys, fields and crooked roads of Wicklow, South Dublin and the West. 

James Hanley, RHA

There was not a time that I remember my Father anything but completely obsessed with art. I remember drives in the country as a child and him stopping to observe the scenery and explaining the light and colours. The magical translation of a landscape to canvas was like a tireless crusade for perfection but when the paint made contact with canvas it appeared effortless, like poetry, it was as if time had stood still and that scene captured forever. We were so lucky that he shared it with us and those precious memories remain in the beautiful work that surrounds us today. With his charm, sense of humour and his impeccable style my Father remains one-of-a-kind. He will be in my head and heart eternally, but through his painting I am glad he will also touch the lives of many more people for years to come.

Katie Collis


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Selected Works


Solo Exhibitions

2012  Paintings from The Last Thirty Years, London

2010 Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin

2006 Solomon Gallery, London

2004 John Martin Gallery, London

2002 Solomon Gallery, London

2001 John Martin Gallery, London

1999 Solomon Gallery, London

1998 John Martin Gallery, London

1997 Solomon Gallery, London

1996 John Martin Gallery, London

1995 James Dalkey Gallery, Co. Dublin

1994 Fosse Gallery, Cheltenham

1993 Yeats Gallery, Sligo

1992 Fosse Gallery, Cheltenham

1991 Trinity Gallery, London

1990 Carroll Gallery, Longford

1989 Carroll Gallery, Longford

1988 Hendricks Gallery, Dublin

1987 Hendricks Gallery, Dublin

1986 Carroll Gallery, Longford

1986 Grant Fine Art Newcastle, Co. Down

1984 Lincoln Gallery, Dublin

1981 Image Gallery, Dublin

1979 Image Gallery, Dublin

1977 Emmet Gallery, Dublin

1975 Emmet Gallery, Dublin 


Selected Group Exhibitions

Royal Academy, London; Royal Society of Portrait Painters, London; United Society of Artists, London; Royal Hibernian Academy; An Oireachtas, Independent Artists,  Dublin; Ulster Arts Club; Cork  Art Society; Figurative Image, Kenny Gallery, Galway; Irish Art, Concept Gallery, Pittsburgh, U.S.A; Celebration of the Bog, A Touring Exhibition to the Carroll, IMMA, Glebe & Butler Galleries; Claremorris Open Exhibition; United Arts Club Group; Taylor Galleries Dublin; Dolan Moore Gallery; Trinity Gallery, London; Contemporary Irish Artists,  Austin Desmond Fine Art, London; Fosse Gallery; Narrow Water Gallery, Northern Ireland; Swift Gallery, Northern Ireland; James Gallery, Dalkey; Aer Rianta Arts Festival 1991, Claremorris Gallery, Dublin; Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin; Boyle Arts Festival; George Moore Festival, Solomon Gallery, Dublin; Hendericks Gallery, New York, U.S.A; Contemporary Artists from Ireland (1995), Eight Painters from Ireland (1999), John Martin.