Alex Colville (Estate)
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.
In 2012, Mira Godard Gallery celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with The Self-Portrait Show, a show exhibiting the works of sixteen gallery artists - Simon Andrew, Victor Cicansky, Lindee Climo, Alex Colville, Joe Fafard, Colin Fraser, Lucian Freud, Fabian Jean, Andrew Hemingway, Peter Krausz, David Milne, Christopher Pratt, Mary Pratt, Phil Richards, Jeremy Smith and Takao Tanabe. Essay by Dr. Eva Seidner
The exhibition catalogue honours Alex Colville and explores his continuing impact in art, film, literature and music. The book features over 100 reproductions
Mira Godard Gallery’s 2015 group exhibition explores the relationship between artist and model. The show included artists; Simon Andrew, Lindee Climo, Alex Colville, Joe Fafard, Colin Fraser, Peter Harris, Andrew Hemingway, Fabian Jean, Peter Krausz, David Milne, Lilias Torrance Newton, Mary Pratt, Phil Richards, Jeremy Smith, Michael Thompson and Frederick H. Varley. Essay by Dr. Eva Seidner
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