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Expulsion of the Foreign Devils.. 1958
Writer and critic, administrator and painter, born in Ireland, who after a career as an Indian Civil Servant in Burma, 1912-34, returned to London to pursue a literary life. His daughter was the writer and art critic Louise Collis. He published 35 books, including a biography of Stanley Spencer; was art critic for The Observer and Time & Tide; and numbered among his many artist friends Henry Moore, L S Lowry, Cecil Collins and Barbara Hepworth. Collis began painting in 1956 and intuitively and spontaneously created his own brightly coloured phantasmagorically figured and almost surreal world. Although his first solo show, when he was 71, achieved some favourable critical reaction, it was left to England & Co to revive interest in the work with an exhibition in 1998.