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LOT 011

Alexander Colville
1920 - 2013

Building in Amherst
ink and acrylic on paper on board
signed and dated 1967 and on verso signed, titled, dated and inscribed "10"
9 x 18 in 22.9 x 45.7 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $23,750

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, Germany
Marlborough Fine Art Limited, London
Marlborough-Godard, Toronto
Zwicker's Gallery, Halifax
Private Collection, Toronto

Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, Alex Colville, 1969, catalogue #24

Alex Colville was born in 1920 in Toronto, but moved with his family to Amherst, Nova Scotia, in 1929. While there, Colville contracted pneumonia and almost died. During his six months of isolation while recovering, he began to read and draw extensively. This placed him on the path to ultimately becoming an internationally renowned artist, reflected in the provenance of this work, which includes German and English art galleries. Colville is known for executing drawings in successive stages from rough to finished, in preparation for his paintings. Building in Amherst is a finely polished work; particularly pleasing to the eye is his attention to shading in the building’s façade. Typical of Colville’s approach, site lines are carefully considered, contributing to the sense of symmetry. Colville’s imagery often contains an element that has psychological resonance. Here it is the stop sign, which compels us to pause and look carefully at the meticulously detailed façade, and perhaps to consider that it was in Amherst where Colville stepped out of the normal stream of life for a time, turned inward, and began to be an artist.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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