Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

Alex Colville: Milestones. An exhibition showcasing five decades of work opens at the National Gallery of Canada

Ottawa, Canada - June 1, 2000


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The National Gallery of Canada is pleased to present Alex Colville: Milestones. This exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints, spanning five decades of work by this renowned Canadian artist, is on view from 23 June to 17 September 2000. Admission is free.
A media preview will take place on Wednesday 21 June, beginning at 10 am in the Great Hall. Denise Leclerc, Associate Curator of Modern Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada, will give a guided tour of the exhibition in the Canadian galleries. Alex Colville will be present and available for interviews. A luncheon reception will follow.

"Alex Colville's work is meticulous and calculated," says Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery of Canada. "He is a master at capturing a mood of disquiet through his unique vision and his classical artistic approach. The National Gallery of Canada is pleased to highlight Colville's impressive career on the occasion of another important milestone: Alex Colville will celebrate his 80th birthday on 24 August 2000."

Alex Colville: Milestones is proudly presented by Investors Group, one of Canada's leading financial services companies, with over 3,600 consultants creating personal financial solutions for more than one million Canadians. Their long history of supporting the arts in Canada (including music, dance and especially the visual arts), will continue in the year 2000 with their support of programs at the National Gallery of Canada and other Canadian cultural centres.

Alex Colville: Milestones presents key paintings, drawings and prints from the artist's significant body of work, covering five decades, from 1952 to 1999. It includes works from the National Gallery of Canada's own collection, such as the ever-popular To Prince Edward Island, 1965, the playful Hound in Field, 1958, and the unsettling Couple on Beach, 1957. As well, it includes important works from private and public collections such as Woman with Revolver, 1987 (Collection Mira Godard, Toronto), and Horse and Train, 1954 (Art Gallery of Hamilton).

Alex Colville was born in Toronto in 1920 and grew up in Amherst, Nova Scotia, where his family moved in 1929. In 1938, Colville began attending Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, where he studied principally under Stanley Royle, a graduate of Sheffield School of Art, England.

Colville graduated in 1942 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. After enlisting in the army, he served as an official war artist, from 1944 to 1946. (The Canadian War Museum will be mounting a small display of twelve of Colville's watercolours in conjunction with the National Gallery of Canada's exhibition. The exhibition, entitled Colville at War: Watercolours 1944-1945, is on view from 23 June to 31 December 2000.) Alex Colville returned to Mount Allison University, this time as a teacher, but left in 1963 in order to devote himself entirely to painting. In 1973, he moved to Wolfville, Nova Scotia, where he still lives.

A 16-page insert in the National Gallery of Canada's magazine, Vernissage, complements the exhibition. As well, the continuous screening of Alex Colville: The Splendour of Order, a film produced by the National Film Board, will be on view in the gallery spaces. Free guided tours of the exhibition will take place on the following Thursday evenings (at 6 pm in English and at 6:30 pm in French): July 20 and 27, August 10 and 17, September 7 and 14.

Alex Colville will present a slide lecture entitled Being and Time on Saturday 24 June at 2 pm in the Auditorium of the National Gallery of Canada. Admission is free.

The National Gallery of Canada is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm. Thursdays to 8 pm. Admission to the permanent collection is free for everyone, every day.
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