The celebrated painter, whose meticulously crafted scenes of everyday life established him as one of Canada’s most well-known modern artists, died Tuesday at his home in Wolfville, N.S. at age 92.
A painter, engraver, sketch artist and muralist, Colville earned a reputation for crafting tranquil compositions that focused on routine moments of family life, and featured landscapes, animals and the sea. His work was accessible and reached millions of Canadians through a myriad of avenues, including art galleries, magazines, book covers, postcards, posters, television, coins and album covers.
Laura Schneider, director-curator of the CBU Art Gallery, said the gallery has one of the most complete collections of Colville’s serigraph prints, also known as a silkscreens.
“We don’t have any of his paintings — he’s probably most famous for his paintings — but throughout his career he did a number of serigraph prints,” explained Schneider. “In the course of his lifetime he did 32