Pandemic Series, Larry Winston Collins

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Larry Winston Collins received his BFA from the Columbus College of Art, and Design, in Columbus, Ohio, and his MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the recipient of a fellowship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Collins is an Associate Professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He received many awards throughout his career, including grants from the Ohio and Greater Columbus Arts Councils. His work, ranging from drawings to prints, and mixed media paintings, is exhibited nationally and internationally.

This series of work titled Pandemic was inspired by the Covid-19 virus. The subject matter of the series reflects my spiritual, physical and emotional responses to the pandemic during the early months of confinement. These works were created from an original printmaking technique utilizing paper rubbings from relief plates. In the past, I have made art using a variety of techniques, including drawings, mixed media and printmaking. Many diverse compositions, themes and patterns can be found in this body of work. Realistic forms and images are embedded in the abstract compositions. The use of color, texture and spatial relationships provoke varied states of awareness.