drawing, engraver, muralist, painter
Born in Toronto in 1920, Alex Colville moved to Amherst, Nova Scotia when he was 9 and would eventually call Wolfville, Nova Scotia, home. Having just earned his BFA from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick in 1942, the artist enlisted in the Canadian Army. Commissioned as an Official War Artist, Colville chronicled Canadian forces from Juno Beach to the liberation of Holland. Through his long and varied career, he was named both Officer and Companion of the Order of Canada and received numerous honorary degrees in recognition of his contributions. Colville created some of the most iconic images in Canadian art, including "Horse and Train" (in the Art Gallery of Hamilton's Collection) and "To Prince Edward Island" (in the National Gallery of Canada's Collection).