Alex Colville. A Canadian Icon #ColvilleNGC

23 April - 7 September 2015
Alex Colville offers a fresh perspective on the work of one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. A creative thinker, deeply engaged with both his local surroundings and the broader world, Colville’s painting developed in dialogue with film and literature, philosophy, law and history.

The exhibition surveys the breadth of his practice and includes nearly a hundred paintings alongside early student works and selected prints and drawings. Incorporating a unique thematic approach, this unprecedented exhibition includes pairings with filmmakers, authors, artists, graphic novelists and composers. Alex Colville celebrates the artist’s legacy and attests to the continued relevance of his work.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Alex Colville, To Prince Edward Island, 1965, acrylic emulsion on Masonite, 61.9 × 92.5 cm. Collection of the National Gallery of Canada (no. 14954). Purchased 1966.

I was surprised by the extent of his work. His work is inspiring. It makes me want to paint again.

• E.M, Manila, Philippines

I think it is pretty spectacular to see so many of Colville works in one place, under one roof. He is one of Canada’s greatest painters. It is amazing. It’s definitely an opportunity not to be missed.

• R. Gouveia, Sarnia, Ontario

Alex Colville is a remarkable exhibition which enabled us to go beyond the image and discover not only a renowned Canadian artist, but also a person of great sensitivity.

• W. Palma, Montréal, Québec

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