Christopher Collins' training in painting, sculpture and sculpture reproduction/restoration, has been passed down through the time honored European tradition of master to apprentice.
After receiving a degree in 1988, from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he worked in various studios in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.
During this time, he was fortunate to befriend, work with and study under classically trained master sculptors Moisey Altshuler, NSS, Walker Hancock, NSS, master painter Thomas Ouellette, as well as master craftsmen (restoration, mold making, casting, and patina) Lino Giust, of the Guist/Caproni gallery of Boston.
Public sculpture commissions include The Little Bighorn National Monument’s “Spirit Warriors” sculpture, commissioned by the National Parks Service, which is the centerpiece of the memorial on the site of the battle that commemorates the American Indians that died defending themselves against General Custer, a life-size bronze portrait bust of President Reagan for the Union League of Philadelpia as well as bronze decorative works made for the renovation of the lobby of The Washington Monument, Washington D.C.
Painting commissions include works for Drexel University in Philadelphia, Boston College, Boston Magazine, Houghton and Mifflin, New York, and The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Collins also has extensive experience in sculpture restoration and reproduction and has done work for clients such as The National Gallery of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and The Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia.
Other commissions include work for various institutions, private collectors, as well as many fellow artists