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Dr Andy Collis

School: Discipline of Humanities and Creative Arts
Position: Senior Lecturer
Location: Auditorium
Phone: (02) 4980 2157
Extension: #157
Fax: (02) 4980 2166
Qualifications: BA Hons (SHU); ATD (ULIV); MA (UOW); PhD (UON)
Research: Portraiture painting in the 21st century; the connection between artist–sitter relationship– it's value and impact on painted portraiture.
About: Andy Collis was born in Nottingham, England, in 1956. Having taught art at a Manchester high school, he had his own painting studio at Newark on Trent before becoming a lecturer at colleges of further education in Nottinghamshire. Emigrating to the Central Coast of New South Wales in 1989, Andy continued his own painting practice and lectured at TAFE NSW Hunter Institute’s Cessnock and Hunter Street campuses. He joined the Discipline of Humanities and Creative Arts at Avondale College of Higher Education in 1984, where he lectures in visual communication, mainly in the areas of painting and drawing and art history. He completed his master’s at the University of Wollongong in 1999 and his PhD at The University of Newcastle in March 2015. His thesis: The human touch? What is the value of the artist/sitter relationship to contemporary portrait painting?. Andy’s studio is at Avoca Beach on the Central Coast, and he is represented by the KAB Gallery in Terrigal, which regularly hosts professional experience seminars for Andy’s students. View Andy’s work on Tumblr.
Select Publications: Exhibition history
United Kingdom
Graves City Gallery, Sheffield, 1978
White Rose Gallery, Bradford, 1980
Nottinghamshire Libraries Tour of work, 1981
Sotheby's auctioned his painting, The Beatles. The Rock Garden purchased and hung the painting in its Covent Garden-based restaurant in 1985
Riverside Gallery, Newark, 1982-87
Arts Centre, Mansfield, Notts, 1986, 1987
The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London, 1988
West Notts College, (staff shows) 1982-‘89
Royal Academy Summer Show with two works selected, 1989

Marthaville House, Cessnock, 1990
Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford, 1991
Station Master’s Gallery, Toronto, 1995
Avoca Fine Art Gallery, 1990-1996
Lemon Tree Gallery, Gosford, 1997
Lake Macquarie Regional City Art Gallery, 1997
Wollongong University, MA and independent show, 2002
Gallery 460, Central Coast, 1999, exhibited work until gallery closed in 2009
The University of Newcastle, The Grotto Project: What is Portraiture, 2011
ABC Shop, Erina, Central Coast, May-June 2012
The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Terrigal, 2012
Gosford Regional Gallery, opening of Gosford Art Prize show with two paintings accepted, September 27, 2012
Gosford Regional Art Gallery, 2002, 2004, 2013
Interview 92.5 ABC Central Coast, May 2012 (interview uploaded to YouTube
Interview 702 ABC Sydney with Linda Mottram, portrait of Liesl Tesch, May 2014

Prize history
Gosford Art Prize finalist, 2010-2013
Gosford Regional Art Prize - portrait painting hung 2010
Portrait ‘Annierose, my daughter’ shortlisted for Doug Moran Portrait Prize, 2012
Portrait 'Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton' shortlisted for Doug Moran Portrait Prize, 2013
PhD exhibition, Newcastle University, March 2013
Portrait of Liesl Tesch, Australian Paralympic Gold Medalist, submitted to Archibald Prize, 2014
KAB International Collectors Gallery ongoing representation: Terrigal, NSW 2014- (
'Reconciliation' Exhibition at Regional Gallery, Gosford, May-June 2015. Collaborative work with Richard Morris and Indigenous artist, Maria Watson-Trudgett
Winner of $1500 Peoples Choice Art Prize in annual Wood Glen Art Show, Terrigal. July 2015.

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