ALEX COLVILLE (Estate), 1920-2013
I don't intend to be menacing, but I do think of life as being essentially dangerous. We never know what's going to happen from one day to the next.
ALEX COLVILLE (1920-2013) tended to define what he found good in art by what he found that wasn't, namely, anything that was commercial, sentimental, or retrograde. Such art was, in his mind, simply bad. His paintings and prints, stretching over a career that spanned eight decades, were often popular, but never commercial. They were remarkable for their emotional depth and power, but never reduced to mere sentiment. And while they were unapologetically representational, only the most biased of critics would equate that with retrogression. Indeed, Colville's paintings were historically informed, rich with nuance and allusion, but still very much of his moment. They were unfailingly contemporary, reflections of a carefully thought out response to the world as he found it. And, of course, exceedingly good. They are also highly considered, philosophical as much as they are aesthetic.
ALEX COLVILLEALEX COLVILLE: THE EARLY YEARS April 3 - 24, 2021On Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 Mira Godard Gallery was pleased to present the first exhibition of early ALEX COLVILLE paintings directly from the COLVILLE Estate. ALEX COLVILLE (1920-2013) was born...
ALEX COLVILLEDRAWINGS AND PRINTS September 15 - October 6, 2018This was COLVILLE's first exhibition since the 2014/2015 exhibition at Art Gallery of Ontario and National Gallery of Canada. ALEX COLVILLE has had a decades-long relationship and exhibition history with...
PREVIEW 2018Simon Andrew, Alex Colville, Tom Forrestall, Colin Fraser, Laurent Guérin, Peter Krausz, David Milne, Takao Tanabe January 6 - 27, 2018
Alex ColvilleAlex Colville: The Early Years Essay by Ray Cronin, April 3 - 24, 2021 Softcover, 70 pages
Publisher: Mira Godard Gallery
Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 1/4 in.
Alex ColvilleColville Andrew Hunter
Alex ColvilleColville David Burnett, 1983 Softcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Art Gallery of Ontario, McClelland and Stewart Ltd.
Dimensions: 9 3/4 x 10 1/4 x 3/4 in.
Group ExhibitionArtist and Model Mira Godard Gallery, 2015
Group ExhibitionThe Self-Portrait Show 2012