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Alex Colville: Living Things

August 11 – September 30, 2017

My work emerges fairly directly out of my experience as a person – I suppose I should say my total experience. I paint almost always people and animals whom I consider to be wholly good, admirable or important. I always conceive them in environments. (Alex Colville, 1951)


The exhibition, Living Things, presents a selection of Alex Colville’s work from the permanent collection of the Acadia University Art Gallery. Much of the artist’s work has explored themes of memory, locality and place. They are constructed with meticulous detail and precise geometry. Animals and humans figure heavily in the artists’ work where they are often put into unsettling juxtapositions, where time has been frozen.