In advance of her upcoming exhibition at the Coma Art Gallery & One Hour Photo Center, local artist and screenwriter Dee Collins unveiled what she considers the centerpiece of her latest collection this week.
Titled “Peyton Manning as 16th Century Explorer in Repose and Wearing a Hat on his Head”, Collins said the piece represents the culmination of nearly 20 years of work on the local Coma artist scene while paying tribute to one of the greatest bi-partisan athletes of the past 10 years.
“I think it’s one of the greatest works I’ve ever created,” Collins said. “You can’t really tell that it’s not a photograph.”
Collins, a lifelong resident of Coma, said she has always been a fan of Manning but only recently discovered he was an accomplished athlete.
“I knew him for his work with the Papa John’s and the Buick Murano, which I really admire,” Collins said. “I was watching a news show a few months ago and saw him wearing football clothing and one of those round hard hats and I was a little shocked.”
Collins said the piece will go on sale when his exhibit, “A Collection of Famous People Named Peyton”, opens in February.
Collins is listing the Manning piece at $27,499.
In addition to the popular NFL quarterback, who failed to win the superbowl last year, the collection will feature TV actress Peyton Roi List (Emma Ross from the Disney Channel’s Jessie), screenwriter Peyton Reed (The Honeymooners Anniversary Special), American actor Peyton Meyer (Dog With A Blog), former Chief of Staff of the United States Army Peyton C. March and American politician Peyton Short.
While Collins suggested Manning might be the most popular of the Peytons on display in her new collection, she was quick to point out some of the other Peytons’ contributions to society.
“In many ways, Dog with a Blog is a modern-day version of All in the Family in that it confronts important issues that other shows are unwilling to address,” Collins said.
“A Collection of Famous People Named Peyton” is Conway’s fourth exhibit at the Coma Art Gallery and One-Hour Photo Center. Last spring she featured a collection titled simply “A Rooster Lays an Egg”, which featured a series of paintings of roosters laying eggs and challenged the viewer to consider what life would be like if roosters had the ability to lay eggs.
“A Collection of Famous People Named Peyton” opens on February 2.