Jacob Collins (born 1964); American realist painter working in New York, NY. He is a leading figure of the contemporary classical art revival.

He has founded several schools of art including the Water Street Atelier, the Grand Central Academy of Art and the Hudson River Fellowship.

Born on August 11, 1964, in New York, NY. He comes from a family of artists and scholars. His great-uncle was Meyer Schapiro. As a child, he started copying works by Old Masters in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From a young age, Collins knew that he wanted to be an artist, although his interest and skill lay in a classical style that was out of favor in the late 20th century. Moving away from Modernism, he identified instead with works of 15th–19th century masters and their techniques and aesthetics.

He studied in Europe and at the New York Studio School following his graduation from The Dalton School. He earned a BA in History from Columbia, attended the New York Academy of Art and the Art Students League of New York....This education brought together Collins' modernist background and his classical inclinations....

He lives and paints in New York City. He and his wife, the writer Ann Brashares, have 4 children.

Jacob Collins's style is considered Classical Realism,and his subject matter focuses on the figure, portraiture, still life and landscape as well as the occasional interior. Collins' nude figurative works, especially, reveal a point of view that is distinctly contemporary, and his setups are simple, incorporating at most a bed sheet and a length of fabric.
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