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Canadian Art History
~ Canadian realism painter, 1920 - 2013, often classed as magic realist, along with Andrew Wyeth in the states.
~ For most of his life he lived in the Maritimes and they are featured in his paintings.
~ They are in Eastern Canada and consist of three provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
~ His paintings used his own family members and family pets.
~ His wife, Rhoda, was a frequent model for the paintings and she stuck to it through her old age. They were married 70 years, until her death in 2012. He died in 2013. They were both in their early 90s.
~ Human relationships with psychological themes dominated his work.
~ Colville remained a realist, never switching to any modern abstract style which was popular in his own post war 20th century.
~ Began his career as a war artist for Canada during World War II.
~ His designs were also used on Canadian coins.
Alex Colville’s Art Process
~ major influences were Edward Hopper, European painting, and the Luminist and Precisionist Art Movements. Most think he was also influenced by Photorealism but Colville said that movement was not for him.
~ Colville changed media, from oil to tempera to oil and synthetic resin. After 1963 he settled on acrylic polymer emulsion.
~ Colville’s compositions were exacting since he took precise measurements, which he proportioned to an underlying geometric scheme. Then he moved into using a live model. He painted using multiple layers of thinned paint. A transparent lacquer was the final layer to seal the painting.
~ Colville said that his realist painting style required him to have an analytical mind. He was obliged to analyze reality itself.
~ Colville embraced the mythical aspect of everyday life in his paintings. His story always had a short plot but did not always have a resolution.
~ His was a slow process so he produced only three or four paintings a year.
~ After 1963, Colville’s medium should be taken to be acrylic polymer emulsion, unless otherwise noted.