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CHARLES JOHN COLLINGS (1848-1931, BRITISH)

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1922

Born in Devonshire, England, Collings was mainly self-taught, although he did study under prominent British watercolourist Nathaniel H.J. Baird in London, and was greatly influenced by his work and style. Primarily a watercolourist, he painted landscapes in a loose, simplified almost impressionistic style and exhibited with the Royal Academy in London (1893-5), and at the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Engravers (1898). He immigrated to Canada in 1910 and settled in Seymour Arm, British Columbia, where he painted Rocky Mountain scenery and regional landscapes in both oil and watercolour. He traveled throughout B.C., and across Canada, including visits to Niagara and the Yukon. Most of the paintings he did in Canada were sent back to London where he was a much sought after artist. In Canada he exhibited with the Royal Canadian Academy in 1897 and the Art Association of Montreal in 1914, and is represented in the National Gallery of Canada.