Peter Collis was born in 1929, London and was educated at Epsom College of Art, London, moving to Ireland in 1969. Desmond McAvock from The Irish Times in 1985 said, ‘Although one can always recognise the scene, it is the treatment that makes a Peter Collis landscape so instantly recognisable and individual. Like Cezanne he is really more interested in the structure of his scenes than in their transitory appearance, so that it is difficult to discover there season or time. He can bind his observation into a cohesive tightly controlled but always sensitive design.’
In 1990, Collis was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and then became a full member in 1990. Peter was also part of the annual selection committee for ten years.
Peter has had many exhibitions both solo and group in places such as Ireland, England, France, Australia, New Zealand, New York, Canada and Japan. His awards include the Oireachteas, Maurice MacGonigal, Landscape prize and the James Adam Salesroom Award, RHA.