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Collings, Jeff


Jeff has always lived in Wellington. Born in Miramar on 27th November 1927, he attended Miramar Central School and later Wellington Technical College where he was taught art by tutors Nelson Isaac and Fred Ellis. He chose signwriting as a career and was apprenticed at Max Studios in Farish Street (now lower Victoria Street) where he learnt all aspects of the trade: ticket-writing, posters, boards, wall signs, murals, and backdrops for stage and ice shows. He was with Max Studios for eight years before starting his own studio – Signrite in Hopper Street, where he worked until his retirement at age 64, designing logos, letterheads, painted murals and backdrops for stage Shows and ice follies.

Jeff Collings has been a member of the Wellington Art Club since 1999, a committee member for 13 years and four years after joining the club was made President, a position he held for 5 years.

To make us more self-sufficient, Jeff advocated having our own exhibition screens, rather than borrowing from the City Council and later, he and fellow member Dennis Hayman originated having the club's annual exhibitions at Rita Angus.

Rather than being influenced by any one artist, Jeff has always had his own style and considers his work has improved over the years. He has tried all media, experimenting with watercolour, oil and pastels before settling on acrylic which he now uses exclusively. His work is equally impressive be it landscape, still life or portrait. Abstract is “not my cup of tea” he said.

Jeff Collings has been nomonated Life Member of the Wellington Art Club in 2013.