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Alex Colville at the Art Gallery of Ontario

About 4 year(s) ago by InterContinental Toronto Yorkville
A Toronto native, Alex Colville died in 2013 as one of Canada’s most celebrated and decorated artists.  After graduating college and marrying, he enlisted as infantry in the Canadian Army and earned rank of lieutenant.  Soon thereafter, he was hired as an official “war artist,” where he was appointed to paint and record the atrocities at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.  After the war, he returned to Canada and established himself in New Brunswick, where he joined faculty at Mount Allison University.  He taught from 1946 to 1963, relocated to St. Catharine’s, and finally settled in his wife’s hometown of Wolfville, NS.

The majority of Colville’s most cherished work comes from his period at Mount Allison University.  There, while teaching, he painted Man on Verandah, 1953; Horse and Train, 1954; To Prince Edward Island, 1963; and Moon and Cow, 1963.  Also of note is the stark and anxious Seven Crows, 1980; the nervous and haunting energy of Target Pistol and Man, 1980; and the calm yet ominous Dog and Priest, 1978.  Colville’s knack for lifting the quotidian and mundane into the dark and extraordinary with broad, thick, and smooth lines comes through in this massive exhibit at AGO.  Several Canadian and international artists—visual, musical, and literary—will offer their perspectives on Colville’s work and continued legacy.  This event is not to be missed, and is on display until January 4th of 2015.  Gallery tickets are available online or at the museum box office.
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