Exhibit opens for Alex Colville's 90th birthday

August 24, 2010 – HALIFAX, NS – To mark Alex Colville’s 90th birthday today, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has mounted an installation of select works by the renowned Canadian artist. 

The ten prints and sketches chosen for this installation are taken from the many Colville pieces found in the Gallery’s Permanent Collection. They, like his paintings, exhibit a heightened realism, eerie lighting, and dramatic, layered composition that hints at a seething chaos and darkness kept in check by the careful structuring of the image, a quality for which Colville is known. 

Preparatory sketches are an integral part of Colville’s painting process. This exhibition demonstrates the differences between his initial planning for the painting and the end result to be examined. His subject matter is personal – his family, his pets, and the landscape near his home. He is an expert at drawing out the often overlooked depth of the everyday. 

Born in Toronto in 1920, Colville moved with his family to Amherst, Nova Scotia in 1929 and later studied art at Mount Allison University under Stanley Royle. Graduating in 1942, Colville joined the Canadian Army and served in Europe as a member of the War Art program. An extensive collection of his work from this time can be found at the Canadian War Museum. Following World War II, Colville taught art and art history at Mount Allison University from 1946 to 1963 before devoting himself full-time to his painting and printmaking. He has resided in Wolfville, Nova Scotia since 1973.

The Colville exhibition will be on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia until February 20, 2011.

About the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada.  With locations in downtown Halifax and downtown Yarmouth, the Gallery houses the Province’s art collection and offers a range of exhibitions and programming. 

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Bernard Doucet | Director of Development
Cell 902 223 7246

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