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Alex Colville was born in Toronto in August 1920. He studied art at Mount Allison University, N.B. and on graduating in 1942 joined the Canadian Army and served in Europe as a member of the War Art program. He taught art and art history at Mount Allison University from 1946 to 1963 before devoting himself full-time to his painting and print-making.
Colville’s work has been extensively exhibited all over the world, from Canada to the Far East and has been eagerly sought for museum, corporate and private collections. He has received many honours. In 1967, he was chosen to design a set of coins for Canada’s Centennial and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. This honour was raised to Companion, the highest level of the Order, in 1982.
Colville has been awarded eight honorary degrees and served as Chancellor of Acadian University, N.S. from 1981 to 1991. Alex Colville married Rhoda Wright in 1942. They have three sons and a daughter and eight grand-children. Since 1973 they have made their home in Wolfville, N.S. in the house (built by her father) where Rhoda Colville was born.