Alex Colville: On a River

Alex Colville (Canadian, 1920-2013), On A River (detail), 1996. Acrylic polymer emulsion on hardboard, 121.92 x 281.43 cm. Private Collection.

August 5 - December 15, 2019    |    Regular Exhibition

Alex Colville’s On a River (1996) is a significant painting from the artist’s later years, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is fortunate to be able to present this masterwork alongside a series of its preparatory sketches and drawings, on loan from private collectors. Featured in our central Orientation Gallery, this never-before seen gathering of conceptual studies with their ultimate final work highlights Colville’s established working method and his disciplined sensibilities of mathematical composition and order.

Curated by John Leroux and organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.