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Alex Colville

Alex Colville, who is currently regarded as one of the most celebrated contemporary Canadian artists, was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1920 and studied fine arts at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. He was an early leader in the field of magical realism, a movement which combines elements of realism and fantasy. Notable works by Colville include To Prince Edward Island (1963), which is housed in the National Gallery of Canada, Horse and Train (1963) and the series of prints entitled Hometown (1963-64). Colville was awarded the Order of Canada in 1982 and the Order of Nova Scotia in 2001 and continues to have a great influence on both Canadian and international art.

Realism, magical realism, painting, prints, Canada, Colville, art, Canadian artist.

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Alex Colville is an inspirational figure for designers, as his artwork often explores the tension between the human, animal, and natural world. His works often feature a sense of balance and order, creating a sense of harmony within his pieces. He was heavily influenced by his experience in the military, and his time at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where he studied painting and design. His works often reflect his fascination with the world around him, as well as his reverence for the natural life cycle of life and death. He was able to capture everyday scenes in a way that evokes a sense of the surreal, blending extraordinary elements into everyday images. His pieces are considered to be part of the magic realism art movement, and he is widely considered as one of Canada's iconic and important 20th century painters and printmakers.

Alex Colville, Canadian artist, magic realism, painting, printmaking, icon, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Federica Costa

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In addition to being renowned for his hauntingly beautiful artworks, Alex Colville was also a gifted designer who used his creative talents to inform his artwork. His works often featured a sense of balance and order, creating a sense of harmony within his pieces. This can be seen in his use of geometric shapes and structures, as well as his keen eye for detail and precision. His artistic style was heavily influenced by his experience in the military, in which he served during WWII, and his time at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where he studied painting and design. His artworks often reflect his fascination with the world around him, as well as his reverence for the natural life cycle of life and death.

Alex Colville, painter, printmaker, artist, iconic, Canadian, influential, 20th century, magic realism, artworks, compositions, realism, observation, detail, tension, Prince Edward Island, Horse and Train, Dog and Rabbit.

Claudia Rossetti

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Alex Colville is widely considered as one of Canada's iconic and important 20th century painters and printmakers. His powerful and precise works capture the simplicity, beauty, and mystery of everyday life, from which his iconic images have become firmly rooted in the Canadian national identity. His works are often highly realistic and precise, with an aptitude for capturing the tension between human, animal, and natural worlds. Additionally, his works range from intimate domestic scenes to sweeping landscapes, with his paintings and printmaking process being based on structured compositions and carefully observed details, creating works of great emotional impact and beauty. His best known works include the painting To Prince Edward Island, the print Horse and Train, and the painting Dog and Rabbit.

Alex Colville, Canadian Artist, Realism, Paintings, Printmaking, Landscapes, Animals.

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Alex Colville is an iconic Canadian artist renowned for his hauntingly beautiful artworks. His artwork often features figures and animals, capturing everyday scenes in a way that evokes a sense of the surreal. His pieces are considered to be part of the magic realism art movement, blending extraordinary elements into everyday images. Notable works by this great artist include Horse and Train, Madonna and Child, Pacific, Return from the Beach and To Prince Edward Island.

Alex Colville, Canadian artist, magic realism, art movement, artworks.

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