“It’s the ordinary things that seem important to me.”
— Alex Colville
Our exhibition Alex Colville includes more than 100 works by the iconic Canadian painter. After seeing this body of work and getting acquainted with the artist’s unmistakable style and his sometimes haunting views of his own world, it’s easy to start seeing Colville’s unique perspective all around us. The exhibition’s curator and the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art, Andrew Hunter, has said that after spending considerable time with Colville’s art, he can’t help but encounter these moments, and he’s shared some of them on Instagram (see above slideshow). Visitors have also told and shown us that Colville’s work stays with them outside the Gallery walls.
To Prince Edward Island
Alex Colville, To Prince Edward Island, 1965, acrylic emulsion on Masonite, 61.9 x 92.5 cm,
purchased 1966, National Gallery of Canada (no. 14954)
© National Gallery of Canada
Woman and Terrier,
Alex Colville, Woman and Terrier, 1963, acrylic polymer emulsion on hardboard, 60.9 x 60.9 cm, private collection, © A.C.Fine Art Inc
Alex Colville, Seven Crows, 1980, acrylic polymer emulsion on hardboard, 60 x 120 cm, Owens Art Gallery Mount Allison University, Sackville NB, gift of Mr. Ross B.
© A.C.Fine Art Inc
Alex Colville, Ocean Limited, 1962, oil and synthetic resin on Masonite, 68.5 x 119.3 cm, collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, purchased with funds provided by Christopher Ondaatje, Toronto, Ontario, the Art Sales and Rental Society, Halifax, Nova Scotia and a Private Donor, 1994.
1994.18, ©A.C. Fine Art Inc
Alex Colville, January, 1971, acrylic polymer emulsion on hardboard, 60.9 × 81.2 cm, collection of TD Bank Group,
© A.C. Fine Art Inc
Hound in Field
Alex Colville, Hound in Field, 1958, casein tempera on Masonite, 76.3 × 101.5 cm, National Gallery of Canada (no.7163), purchased 1959, © A.C. Fine Art Inc
Family and Rainstorm
Alex Colville, Family and Rainstorm, 1955, glazed tempera on Masonite, 57.1 x 74.9 cm, purchased 1957
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6754), © A.C.Fine Art Inc
Dog and Groom
Alex Colville , Dog and Groom, 1991, acrylic polymer emulsion on hardboard, 62.4 x 72.0 cm, private collection, © A.C.Fine Art Inc
Couple on Beach
Alex Colville , Couple on Beach, 1957, casein tempera on Masonite, 73.4 x 96.4 cm, purchased 1959, National Gallery of Canada (no. 7744),
© A.C.Fine Art Inc
Church and Horse
Alex Colville, Church and Horse, 1964, acrylic on hardboard, 55.5 x 68.7 cm, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Purchase, 1966, photo MMFA, Christine Guest, © A.C.Fine Art Inc
Alex Colville , Berlin Bus, 1978, acrylic on hardboard, 54.2 x 54.2 cm, private collection, © A.C.Fine Art Inc
To help celebrate the artist and his visual legacy, we want to see what Colville means to you. If you’re visiting the exhibition, take a photo with binoculars (supplied by us) in front of a Toward Prince Edward Island reproduction at the end of the exhibition, or show us a “Colville moment” from your world. Share the photo on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #ColvilleAGO, and we’ll post our favourites to our Facebook page. At the end of the exhibition in early January, we’ll conduct a random draw, the winner of which will receive a $100 AGO gift certificate redeemable at shopAGO or FRANK restaurant, or to spend on future admission or towards a membership.
We can’t wait to see your Colville moments! Questions? Leave them in the comments below.
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