Canadians Colville & Carr

17 Jul

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.

Canadian artist Alex Colville, war artist atta...

Canadian artist Alex Colville, war artist attached to the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, on the Dutch/German border in the final months of WWII (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

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.


Big Raven, 1931
oil on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Emily Carr Trust
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

To learn more about her, I suggest two sites: the first is at CBC Archives and then there’s the British Columbia Heritage.


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12 responses to “Canadians Colville & Carr

  1. Michelle Bennetts Heumann

    July 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I did a paper on Emily Carr a few semesters ago – she had a fascinating life! My favourite Canadian artist is Maud Lewis though – have you heard of her? I love her work – it’s very colourful and vibrant.

    • tkmorin

      July 18, 2013 at 9:59 am

      No, I haven’t heard of her … Which means I’ll have play while I learn! Thank you! 🙂

      • Michelle Bennetts Heumann

        July 18, 2013 at 10:04 am

        The art gallery in Halifax has her WHOLE HOUSE as an exhibit, inside one of the galleries. But not many people have heard of her, which is sad, because she has an incredible story. Enjoy! 🙂

        • tkmorin

          July 18, 2013 at 10:07 am

          Oh, this will be a fun research! 🙂

  2. Deb

    July 18, 2013 at 12:18 am

    I love Canadian art posts. I look forward to the ones coming in the future.

    • tkmorin

      July 18, 2013 at 8:55 am

      I’m happy to hear that! Thank you for dropping by and for your comment — always appreciated! 🙂

  3. seeker

    July 17, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Hmmm… never heard of him. Emily Carr is big at the school. Today, we buried a dearly departed. It was a beautiful service.

    • tkmorin

      July 18, 2013 at 8:51 am

      You gotta google his work, I think you’ll like his work, P!

      The Colville service, or someone else?

  4. Debra She Who Seeks

    July 17, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I’ve always liked Alex Colville’s work. We just saw his famous “Horse and Train” painting at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

    My favourite Emily Carr painting is called “Scorned as timber, Beloved of the sky” — the title is like a beautiful haiku. The painting itself is full of light — she was influenced by Lawren Harris while painting it. So many of her paintings are usually dark and claustrophobic.

    • tkmorin

      July 18, 2013 at 8:48 am

      “Horse and Train” is my favourite as well … I like that he painted a lot of subjects in mid stride, it’s like catching a story teller when he’s already started the story and I’m late … Oh, I hope that made sense. 🙂

  5. Escaping Elegance

    July 17, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Growing-up in Nova Scotia, Alex Colville was always part of my life. My parents had a big coffee table book that my sister and I used to flip through in wonder. Embarkation, To Prince Edward Island, Ocean Limited… these were the pictures we grew up with and understood because they were our lives too. To this day, I love to spend an afternoon in the AGNS with the Alex Colville gallery. Thanks for this post.

    • tkmorin

      July 17, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      … and thank you for your comment. I’m happy to read about your love of his art. He definitely portrayed Canadian landscape in such a unique way! 🙂


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