Friday, August 27, 2010

Halifax Exhibit Fetes Alex Colville,90

To help artist Alex Colville mark his 90th birthday, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has mounted a small show celebrating the veteran Canadian artist.

The Halifax gallery assembled a small selection of Colville serigraph prints and preparatory sketches from its permanent collection and unveiled them in a new installation on Tuesday.

"We had a conversation with Dr. Colville, and he was happy to tell us that it was his 90th birthday [coming up], and we were just really excited to do something … to celebrate that momentous marker," AGNS chief curator Sarah Fillmore told CBC News on Tuesday.

The selected prints and sketches "speak to the work that's already on view [nearby, in the gallery], so visitors have a sense of how he constructs his paintings and the extremely mathematical kind of construction that happens in making a painting," Fillmore added.

Colville — born in Toronto on Aug. 24, 1920, but raised and since based in Nova Scotia — has been acclaimed for both portraits and landscapes inspired by his everyday life in Wolfville, as well as for the noted war-art paintings he created during the Second World War.

Fillmore described Colville's magic realist work as "a beautiful and unsettling kind of aesthetic."

"It's a really smart, cerebral, interesting kind of artwork," she said.

The Colville exhibition will continue on display in Halifax until Feb. 20.

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