"Pulled Pork" Painting for the Pig Iron BBQ


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"Pulled Pork" Painting for the Pig Iron BBQ is a picture, with genre painting and photograph. Its dimensions are 4 in. x 6 in..

It was created on Wednesday, June 13, 2001.

William (bc) (Bill) Collins, 1943-2020 is the Artist.

Shown here is a painting on a wooden rectangle, stating "Pulled Pork" and depicting a pig, Below the painting is a collection of paints and brushes. The painting is shown in the garage studio, at 180 West South Street, of its creator, artist and signmaker William (bc) (Bill) Collins. The sign would be displayed with others on the roof of the Pig Iron BBQ, 5295 North High Street. The Pig Iron BBQ opened at this spot in Beechwold in June 2001, in what had formerly been a McDonald's restaurant. In June, 2012, the Pig Iron changed ownership and became Iron Grill Barbeque & Brew.

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."

bc and his family lived in Worthington for 22 years.

It covers the topics restaurants, art, artists and signs.

It features the organization Pig Iron BBQ & Fish Shack.

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 wcd0439.

This metadata record was human prepared by Worthington Libraries on December 2, 2022.