Alex Colville (1920-2013, Canadian)

Alex Colville, cats in art, art catsAlex Colville (1920-2013) was an internationally renowned Canadian artist.  Born in Toronto, he moved with his family to Amherst, Nova Scotia in 1929.  Colville was interested in art early on and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University.  In 1942, he volunteered to serve in World War II, and  married Rhoda Wright in the same year. He became a war artist and was called upon to depict the suffering at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.  After his return from WWII, he joined the faculty of Mount Allison University.  After almost two decades, he left teaching to pursue his own painting and print making.  In 1973 he moved to Wolfville and served as the Chancellor of Acadia University from 1981-1991. Colville was never a prolific artist, as he only produced 3 or 4 works a year, and only worked on one painting at a time. Some of his paintings include his cats and dogs. His paintings represent the real world with underlying meaning. Colville died quietly from a heart condition at the age of 92 in 2013.


Cats 1992, Alex Colville



Cat at a Window, A. Colville, cats in art


Cat on a Wall 1956 National Gallery of Canada, A. colville

Cat on a Wall
National Gallery of Canada




Woman and Cat, A. Colville


A. Colville Cat and Artist 1979

Cat and Artist


Black Cat 1996, A. Colville, black cats in art

Black Cat


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