AGO holds exhibit to honour Maritime artist Alex Colville
TORONTO – The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is honouring painter Alex Colville with a new exhibit displaying his large body of work.
Colville, who died last year at 92 years of age, lived in Wolfville, N.S. for much of his life.
Born in Toronto, his family moved to Amherst, N.S. in 1929 when Colville was nine.
From 1938 to 1942, Colville attended Mount Allison University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Canadian army and eventually reached the rank of lieutenant. Serving as a war artist, he was tasked with depicting the Bergen-Belson concentration camp.
Colville returned to teach with the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison from 1946-1963. He left teaching to focus on painting and printmaking full-time.
His home, located on York St. in Wolfville, is now known as Colville House.
The exhibit at the AGO includes more than 100 works. These include some of his more famous paintings, such as “Horse and Train”, as well as some that haven’t been shown in public before.