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Meet Tony Collins of Tony Collins Art in Cedars

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tony Collins.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Tony. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started welding when I owned a body shop in England. I’d always been interested in art and studied it in school. I came to Dallas in 1994 and soon after started a custom metal business with my wife Holly. We started out making furniture and store fixtures, but over time our business evolved and now we focus on art and custom lighting.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Running your own business is never easy. We do a lot of custom work for clients. When making something you’ve never made before, you don’t have all the answers and have to make it up as you go – sometimes that is really challenging!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Tony Collins Art – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
In the art realm, I focus mostly on painting and sculpture, but I’ve just done a new series of digital art called “Gun Show”. It is always exciting working in a new medium and I have to say I’m really happy with the new work. My paintings and sculptures are abstract and I like to think of them and an abstract representation of my soul’s journey through life.

As for the metal work, we’ve developed a reputation for doing things that other metal shops can’t. People don’t come to us for fencing or railings; they come to us to build a rotating structure for the Pegasus at the Omni Hotel, to artistically reconstruct a 50-million-year-old dinosaur, or to make hundreds of light fixtures for their restaurant chain. We have the capability to UL certify lighting, and have some great CNC equipment that allows us to compete price-wise with foreign manufacturers, and keep the work right here in Dallas!

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We are working to develop our own lighting line and sell it with my artwork through our gallery at 1916 S. Lamar in Dallas, and also on our website. As for the custom metal side of things, we never know what the future holds. We just keep our eyes open for opportunity and jump on it when we see it!

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1 Comment

  1. Suzanne Sawyer Buhl

    June 24, 2017 at 11:33 am

    I have personally known Tony Collins and his lovely wife Holly for over 19 years. I have personally watched their business evolve from the early days into the multifaceted mega business it is today. They’re extremely talented and hard-working people who created this business from the ground up. A true American Dream story. Plus they’re extremely lovely people who love Dallas and all that’s good in this country.

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