Jul 17, 2013

By Scott Walker

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He’s been described as “Canada’s Norman Rockwell;” an artist whose work celebrated the idea that “ordinary things are important.”

Alex Colville has died at his home in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Colville was one of Canada’s most prominent artists to capture scenes of the Second World War. Later, he earned a reputation for capturing more tranquil scenes of everyday life. One of his most famous works shows a woman looking through binoculars on a ferry to PEI. Another, darker image, shows a horse galloping along railway tracks towards an oncoming train.

Colville once said he didn’t like to explain the meaning of his works. He said, “Painters paint things that interest them, and are not too interested in why this was done.”

Alex Colville’s paintings were seen by millions at art galleries, in books, on posters, on Canadian coins. They were also prominently featured in Stanley Kubrick’s movie version of the Stephen King novel,┬áThe Shining.

Alex Colville was 92.


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