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Alex Colville | Art Canada Institute

By Ray Cronin

The drive Alex Colville (1920–2013) had to make sense out of life—which marked his entire mature career, from his time as an official war artist until his death in 2013—is at the heart of his significance as an artist. He was intent on creating a world of order from the reality of chaos, always aware of the essential and tragic fragility of this Sisyphean task. Colville was a thinker as much as a maker, and his sustained, rigorous approach to creating images is a remarkable legacy. Alex Colville: Life and Work examines this significant Canadian figure, tracing his impact on the cultural life of Canada.

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