Alan Collins obituary

By Christopher Masters

Sculptor who was highly skilled at religious and commemorative art

Alan Collins, who has died aged 88, was an accomplished figurative sculptor, whose crisp, lucid work appeared in a host of settings in both Britain and the US. As a public artist, he attracted the patronage of corporations such as the National and Grindlays Bank, whose commission Minerva (1966) is located just north of Southwark Cathedral in south London.

Its stylised, angular forms and contemporary materials – fibre-reinforced plastic with powdered aluminium – set a modernistic tone, but Collins's most distinctive quality was his skill at religious and commemorative art. This brought his work into cathedrals and churches, including carved portraits at Sir Christopher Wren's City church St Mary-le-Bow in the early 1960s, and also gained him the commission for the beautiful, expressive lettering of the Kennedy Memorial at Runnymede, Surrey, inaugurated in 1965.

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