Michael Collins, known to many in Southern California, is a painter, surfer, open ocean paddler, community activist and psychologist. Living in the seaside town of Hermosa Beach, Calif., Collins has created a distinctive style of painting using “mistakes” as his form of getting to the real substance of his work. And, it’s within this town he calls home where he co-founded the non-profit community art organization, “Hermosa Beach Artist Collective.” This collective works to create a larger, thriving art scene within Hermosa Beach, supporting local artists.
Work by Mike Collins. Photo Credit: Mike Collins.
Beginning Dec.12, 2016, Collins’ work will be featured on a billboard on Robertson Boulevard in this year’s Billboard Creative show in Los Angeles, using Dunn-Edwards Paints colors and products.
aMused by Mike Collins. Photo Credit: Mike Collins.
When painting, Collins is obsessive, typically creating a series of identical works, revealing a series of developing thoughts and emotions. During this time of discovery is when the notes are made, crossed out
and “mistakes” are repeated. “I’m not interested until the mistake happens. I’m waiting for the wheels to fall off. For me, the painting begins here…when I am ready to throw the brush across the room and walk away from the canvas.” Within this internal struggle to find the finished piece a “terrible beauty” arises,
producing personalized moments for the observer. The resulting paintings are deconstructed forms — the meaning obscure and shifting constantly. It is up to the observer to interpret the paintings’ significance.
Three Images Above: Hotel Hermosa. Photo Credit: Mike Collins.
The Billboard Creative
The Billboard Creative (TBC) is a non-profit organization that aims to connect artists with mass audiences. In highlighting an international selection of artists and artworks within the Los Angeles community, TBC hopes to broaden the reach of public art, especially for those for whom traditional art exhibitions have proven inaccessible. Above all, the core principle is to create a democratic approach to contemporary art. Billboards
dominate the landscape of Los Angeles, and a vast sea of signs greets commuters each day with an onslaught of commercial messaging. The Billboard Creative offers an alternative: art replacing advertising, for an entire month, at some of the busiest intersections throughout Los Angeles.