We are proud to welcome the work of Jim Collins to our space. You have likely seen his large-scale sculptures around Chattanooga, including at The Edwin Hotel Chattanooga, along the Riverwalk, or in private collections. We are beyond excited to exhibit his latest series based on the Irish myth of Wooing of Etain. While this series is a departure from his metal sculptures, you’ll find both the depth and complexities of this series subtle, intriguing, and engaging. 

These individual works, which includes over 50 pieces, retell the ill-fated love story between the Irish fairy King Midir and the once mortal Etain with turn of the century artifacts of photographs, labels that qualify as graphic masterpieces, and unique Victorian and regional  architectural elements. What we love about these works is Collins’ mastery of constructing aesthetically and lyrical coherent assemblages out of many brilliant pieces. 

I am a long time supporter and fan of Collins’ art and am elated to be Collins’ representative in Chattanooga. Ruffner Art Advisory, in fact, is the only representative outside of Paris France and Highlands, NC to exhibit Collins’ private works. Jim Collins and I have been friends for decades, and I am as much a fan of him personally as I am of his art. 

View this special series by appointment. Collins’ pieces on display are available for purchase. We look forward to welcoming you.

More about the artist Jim Collins 

Collins holds degrees from Marshall University, the University of Michigan, and a M.F.A. in sculpture from Ohio University. He previously served as a professor of art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His work in public collections, which include colorful silhouettes of figures and animals constructed of stainless steel, aluminum, and other metals, are located throughout the southeastern USA and in Ireland.