Yesterday, we all lost an artist who was known here and abroad. Alex Colville passed away on July 16, 2013 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia at the age of 92.
He was born on August 24, 1920 in Toronto, Ontario. In 1984 and 1985, an exhibition of his art toured in Germany and the Far East, including Japan, the first time that an exhibition of the work of a living Canadian artist had been seen in that country.
Rhoda Colville (Wright), his wife (and muse, and a model for some of his paintings) died peacefully on December 29, 2012, at the age of 91, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. They were married for 70 years. They met at Mount Allison, New Brunswick, and married in 1942. She was a gifted artist in her own right, and a witty poet.
To read more, I suggest visiting his official website at alexcolville.ca.
There are many more Canadian Painters and Artists, of note. I will do a few posts about some of the more famous ones throughout the next months.
To whet your appetite, I’m going to feature Emily Carr here in today’s post. You can’t read about Canadian painters without mentioning her.
She was born: December 13, 1871, in Victoria, British Columbia; she died on : March 2, 1945, at age 74 in Victoria.
After attending art schools in San Francisco and England, Carr felt inspired by a sense of local patriotism to begin painting the Northwest Coast landscape and its Native peoples, particularly the Haida Aboriginal people of the Queen Charlotte Islands.
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