Alex Colville

*1920 in Toronto, Canada

Alex Colville, The River Spree, 1971, acrylic polymer emulsion, chipboard, 60 x 104 cm, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst Aachen, loan of the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation © Alex Colville

The works of the Canadian artist Alex Colville (1920-2013) captivate with their tidy sobriety. The painter, an important representative of magical realism, plays with unusual perspectives: In the painting The River Spree, the fox terrier depicted runs directly towards the viewer. The woman at the other end of the leash is strongly cropped so that her head cannot be seen. The human remains anonymous, the domesticated animal and the Spree are the main protagonists of the action. Animals are present in many of Colville’s paintings and form indispensable points of reference for the artist, who once emphasised in an interview: “(…) to me the presence of animals seems absolutely necessary. I have the feeling that without animals everything is imperfect.”