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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.

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Alex Colville

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.

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Alex Colville

Colville

David Burnett

1983

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Group Exhibition

The Self-Portrait Show

Mira Godard Gallery

March 24 - April 21, 2012

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

Colville by Andrew Hunter

Alex Colville

Colville

Andrew Hunter

Newest edition published: June 27, 2017

The exhibition catalogue honours Alex Colville and explores his continuing impact in art, film, literature and music. The book features over 100 reproductions

art

Group Exhibition

Artist and Model

Mira Godard Gallery

March 21 - April 18, 2015

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

Articles

Alex Colville

"An Appreciation: What Made Alex Colville’s Work So Unique?,"
The Globe and Mail

Jill Mahoney

July 17, 2013

Alex Colville

"Review: Alex Colville's Tremendous, Dark Vision (with video),"
Ottawa Citizen

Peter Simpson

April 23, 2015

Alex Colville

"Alex Colville: Love in a Cold Climate,"
Canadian Art

David Balzer

September 4, 2014

Alex Colville

"From the Archives: A Visit with Alex Colville,"
Canadian Art

Hans Werner

September 1, 1987

Alex Colville

"Alex Colville, Leading Canadian Artist, Dies at 92,"
The New York Times

William Yardley

July 21, 2013

For additional works, please contact the gallery.