George Colin, AmericanBorn and raised in California (b. 1929), George Colin lives in Salisbury, Illinois near Springfield, where he and his wife Winnie run their gallery Colin Folk Art.
Though he calls himself a folk artist, Colin doesn't fit into the unschooled or outsider art genre.
His early landscapes were representational, while his recent work has become more abstract, including studies of ballerinas, dogs, even turnips.
He began painting and drawing during the 1950's after subscribing to a Norman Rockwell correspondence course, and amassed a collection of over 7,000 pieces before being "discovered" in the mid-1980's by a Chicago photographer. The retired flour mill worker has a body of work which includes over 10,000 drawings and painting as well as more than 4,000 pieces of wooden folk art and sculpture.
To date his work can be found in the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City, within the private collections of both President George Bush and Oprah Winfrey, and within shops and restaurants throughout Chicago. Articles on Mr. Colin have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, North Shore Magazine, as well as on ABC News and NBC's "Weekends Away".
Whether it's labeled as "Primative", "Post-Naive" or "Folk Art", George Colin's work is fresh, colorful and very original.