Colville's Unsettling Genius

Explore the power of Alex Colville’s paintings.

Written by Nelle Oosterom

Posted July 15, 2015

His paintings have the power to move — and to unsettle — viewers. Alex Colville’s rich art legacy was the subject of a major exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada. The Ottawa exhibit, a collaboration between Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery, opened in April 2015 and ran until September 7, 2015. It featured more than 250 paintings and sketches by Colville, a Second World War artist who went on to become of one Canada’s most celebrated painters. Colville, who painted in the realism style, died in 2013.

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