I was invited to the AGO one afternoon to check out a preview of the new Alex Colville exhibition. Alex Colville is one of the first internationally acclaimed Canadian Visual Artists. As a special treat, the AGO has a retrospective exhibition of some of the artist most re known bodies of work. His daughter Ann Kitz attended the press conference to discuss her father’s work.
A realist painter, Colville’s work inspired modern classic films such as No Country for Old Men, Moonrise Kingdom, and surprisingly The Shining. I found Colville’s work to sometimes remind me of George Seurte minus the pointillism. His work depicted the mundane aspects of life, such as day to day work, driving from place to place. A lot of his work included underlining themes of war, as Colville experienced.
Curated by Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s curator of Canadian art, the exhibition featured more than 100 painting from several public and private collections.The exhibition runs from August 23rd to January 4, 2015. http://www.ago.net/alex-colville