A spectacular exhibition of paintings by Alex Colville at the AGO Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto runs from Aug. 23, 2014 to January 4, 2015, before heading to the National Gallery in Ottawa.
Throughout his career Alex Colville produced striking provocative images, images that are for many searing and unforgettable. His body of work contains fascinating contradictions, his paintings are both difficult and accessible, both private and deeply resonate, both real in depiction and imaginary in association.
These works often complex moments of intimacy and unease, moments that seem to lead to subsequent scenes in an unfolding narrative. Colville’s images pull back curtains and open doors, and depict personal details with tender insight: His wife Rhoda appears frequently and many painting are set in the quite of small town eastern Canada where he spent much of his life.
Yet Colville’s work produces intense identification. Like all great art, they are born of deep self reflection but boldly reach out to us, the viewers and implicate us. His precise realist approach and his focus on familiar subjects – people, animals and cars – allow us to lose ourselves in his world. ~ Matthew Teitelbaum, Director of the AGO ~
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