Self-Portrait by William (bc) (Bill) Collins with his Painting of a Red Corvette


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Self-Portrait by William (bc) (Bill) Collins with his Painting of a Red Corvette is a picture, with genre photograph, painting and self-portraits.

It was created in 2002.

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

This photograph shows a self-portrait painted by artist and signmaker William (bc) (Bill) Collins, in which he depicts himself standing in front of another of his paintings, that of a life-sized red Corvette. The original Corvette painting, which was done in 1993 for a business in Delaware, Ohio, called "Classics," was made on four panels, which is shown in the portrait here. bc has painted himself in a blue shirt and jeans standing at the center of the painting. The license plate on the car in the painting reads "OHIO, BC 58VETT, 2002."

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 artists, cars and art.

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 born digital in the format video/jpeg.

The Worthington Memory identification code is wcd0458.

This metadata record was human prepared by Worthington Libraries on December 13, 2022.