artist portfolio » Brigid Collins



Through my complimentary practice as an artist I develop themes and techniques that inform and enrich my illustration commissions and the scope of my work has gradually expanded to encompass three-dimensional constructions, large-scale paintings, collages and Artists' Books. Working in many media, I often combine found objects with fragments of text and imagery with painting in acrylic and watercolour, delicately crafting them into intricate compositions, in both 2D and 3D.

I have been commissioned by clients ranging from publishers and law firms to shipping companies, such as Cunard, for QM2. Commissions have included illuminated box-constructions used to illustrate a book, ‘Room to Rhyme' by the Irish poet and Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney, the design of both the inaugural (2006) and subsequent awards for the “National Short Story Prize” and creative collaborations with writers and poets, including Kathleen Jamie, Kirsty Gunn,Jim Carruth and Larry Butler, as well as with Jewellery & Metalwork Designer, Teena Ramsay.

Brigid Collins's works, incorporating watercolour, wire, tissue, gauze, gold leaf, beeswax present...delicate interior worlds...where gold embossed fragmentary text provides a gateway to interiors of the imagination. The choice of materials and construction; veins of leaves, delicate papers, precious metal and frayed edges are on an intimate scale, encouraging closer examination and contemplation of the work.

- Georgina Cockburn