Valdosta Daily Times

March 19, 2013

Poetic Artist

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Artist DuQuan Collins paints worlds of muscled warriors, blissful angels, mysterious strangers. His work has touches of fantasy artists such as Boris Vallejo, while maintaining a style of his own.

“From my personal perspective, DuQuan is an enigma and I really appreciate any effort to help spread his gift,” says Percy L. Chastaing. “As the founder of Poetic Magic, I can say he truly has a gift — visually and lyrically, and the youth need to see someone like him doing what he does.”

This week, Fruits of the Garden Winery hosts an exhibit of Collins’ work and poetry.

A Brooklyn native, he grew up the youngest of five artist siblings. One brother, Larry Collins, worked as a freelance artist for Marvel and DC Comics.

“DuQuan grew up in a disadvantaged environment and in seeking to make sense out his situation, he began to join various community groups involved in art,” according to an artistic biography. “This provided him an opportunity to develop and learn through a process of teaching art at different outlets on Coney Island in Brooklyn.”

Living in Valdosta, Collins credits Ann Johnston for helping his art find a foothold in South Georgia. Collins has also found a place with Poetic Magic, the “spoken-word poetry group that specializes in using lyrical and visual art to reveal the power of self-expression to young people.”

Poetic Magic sponsors DuQuan Collins as the featured artist of “A Night of Art and Poetry,” Thursday, March 21, with the exhibit opening at 7 p.m., and poetry at 8 p.m., Fruits of the Garden Winery, 115 W. Central Ave. More information: Call (229) 247-7609; or email