About Michael Roque Collins
Inspired by the lush, humid environment of his Gulf Coast home, and what he sees as the turbidity of the human condition and contemporary society, Michael Roque Collins produces landscape paintings on linen and photographs, at once terrifying and sublime. Populated by ghostly human figures, architectural ruins, and robust vegetation, his landscapes appear singed, wounded from excessive cultivation and development. He approaches his work metaphorically, as he describes: “Nature, human form, petrochemical industrial vistas and classical architectural structures are transformed in my work as metaphors representing my poetic vision of our splenetic era.” Roque Collins alternates between brush and palette knife to build up his thickly painted, sculptural surfaces, layering, molding, and slicing the dark and smoky colors that predominate in his compositions. His is a cyclical, mythological vision of opposing forces—creation/destruction, order/chaos—shaping nature and human beings alike.
American, b. 1955, Texas, based in Houston, Texas