His iconic images-Horse and Train, Elm Tree at Horton Landing, and Target Pistol and Man-are seared into public consciousness. At once both easily accessible and darkly mysterious, the work of Alex Colville has captured generations of Canadians and has inspired filmmakers, writers, and artists from around the world.
Now, one of the year's most significant and anticipated art books, co-published by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Goose Lane Editions, will be officially unveiled at the opening of the AGO's upcoming exhibition, Alex Colville, on Aug. 22, 2014.
The book, entitled simply Colville, explores the man, the place and the imagery. More than 100 of Colville's paintings and studies, including works which have rarely been publicly shown or reproduced, have been assembled for the book, some with thematic pairings of work from notable figures in popular contemporary culture including Sarah Polley, Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson, the Coen Brothers, Mary Pratt, and Alice Munro. This definitive look at Colville's work and influence is complemented by candid portraits of Alex Colville with his wife and life-long model, Rhoda, providing a rare glimpse into his personal life.
Written and edited by Andrew Hunter, the AGO's Frederik S. Eaton, curator of Canadian Art, Colville accompanies the largest exhibition ever of the visionary artist's work. The exhibition will feature more than 150 paintings from museums and private collections globally. More information about the exhibition may be found at www.ago.net. More information about the book may be found at www.gooselane.com.
Alex Colville, himself, said, "As a good realist, I have to reinvent the world."
Colville sheds light not only on the world as Colville portrayed it, but also on the way his vision has reinvented the cultural landscape.