Grace Gordon-Collins has been a practising designer in British Columbia for over twenty-five years. Her award-winning skills encompass architecture, interior design and photography.
Grace is a self-described observer and a storyteller who
approaches photography from two points of view: as a search
for the distilled essence of visual perception, and as a
strong narrative structure.
The more mystical and perceptual approach can be seen in photographs influenced by courses at M.I.T's Center for Advanced Visual Studies under the iconic photographer Minor White. Minor’s creative teaching of “heightened awareness” states moved Grace into deeper realms of space, time and intuition.
At the same time, the conceptual influences of BFA studies at Emily Carr and a career in architecture have given her work a multi-layered quality that is often pragmatic and structured. As an artist, she writes, "I am deeply attracted to notions of opposites: good and evil, chaos and order, positive and negative, complexity and simplicity."
Grace has a long history in the arts community. Her art consulting company ART IN ARCHITECTURE was responsible for the use of local artists for the tapestry commissions in the Daon and Park Place lobbies, and for the work of First Nations artists and glass artists in several commercial installations.
She is a Past Board Member of the Canadian Craft Museum, The Howe Sound Round Table and the Vancouver Art Gallery. She earned her Masters of Architecture from MIT in 1975. In the summer of 2004, Grace graduated with a BFA in photography from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver.