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Alex Colville

Born, 1920 in Toronto, Canada


From the catalogue Commonwealth Artists of Fame 1952 - 1977 (Commonwealth Art Gallery, London, 1 June - 3 July 1977): “Born in Toronto; his father was an engineer who had emigrated from Scotland; his mother was born in Ontario. From 1938 - 1942 Colville studied at the School of Fine and Applied Arts at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick where later, in 1946, he was appointed assistant professor of painting. From 1942 - 1944 he served with the Canadian Army and was subsequently attached to the Canadian Navy as a war artist. A series of drawings, paintings and watercolours done in Western Europe are now part of the war collection of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. He was represented in the Canadian Pavilion at L’Exposition Internationale et Universelle de Bruxelles in 1956 and again at the Sixth Bienal de Sao Paulo in 1961: he represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1966.

Alex Colville retired from teaching in 1963 to devote his full time to painting and exhibitions of his work, whichfinds eager buyers in Western Europe, have been organised in Hanover and in London. His paintings and prints, cool in colour and halting time and action, bear witness to his steadfast realist vision in spite of the many changes of aesthetic fashion.”

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