Photograph of William (bc) (Bill) Collins with his Painting of a Red Corvette


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Photograph of William (bc) (Bill) Collins with his Painting of a Red Corvette is a picture, with genre photograph, painting and portraits. Its dimensions are 4.4 in. x 6 in..

It was created in 1993.

This photograph shows artist and signmaker William (bc) (Bill) Collins standing in front of his painting of a life-sized red Corvette. The painting is in four panels, which are against a building behind them. The building is bc's studio, which was the garage at 180 West South Street, where he and his family lived for 22 years. The painting was done for a business in Delaware, Ohio, called "Classics." bc had a particular interest in cars.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, bc attended Columbus College of Art and Design when it was still a small art school, majoring in Fine Art. After serving in the Army in Europe, he became a sign artist for businesses throughout the Columbus area, starting his sole ownership sign business in 1978. Over nearly three decades, he created some of the most iconic advertising art in central Ohio.

Before the advent of computers and the use of vinyl, bc designed, created and sold his signs marketing his work through word of mouth. He cut letters with a router, made and pounced patterns, projected designs on a variety of objects then finished the job by painting and installing the sign.

bc created signs for numerous Worthington-area businesses, including Angels on High, Scottie MacBean, Pig Iron BBQ (now Iron Grill Barbeque and Brew), P.K. O'Ryan's, The Old Bag of Nails Pub, Celtic Corner, Magic Cruises & Tours and M.S. Abbott Jewelers.

In addition to his sign art, bc was an accomplished muralist, sculptor and painter of portraits, landscapes and other work, which were exhibited in galleries throughout central Ohio. In April 2022, bc’s 1992, 25-foot mural of the Columbus skyline became part of the permanent collection at The Ohio Arts Council.

bc said about his painting: "I love the aesthetics of all styles of art, but using oil, I favor creating atmospheric qualities in my realistic to abstract paintings. I enjoy completing oil pastels from my travels. The mesmerizing full moon is important in my life; I often portray it in my paintings."

It covers the topics cars, art, artists and business.

It features the person William (bc) (Bill) Collins, 1943-2020.

It covers the city Worthington.

The original is in a private collection.

This file was reformatted digital in the format video/jpeg.

The Worthington Memory identification code is wcd0455.

This metadata record was human prepared by Worthington Libraries on December 13, 2022. It was last updated December 19, 2022.