quote:Originally posted by VinT:quote:Originally posted by Seaquam:
We spent a few interesting hours today mainly enjoying the Alex Colville exhibit in the National Gallery in Ottawa. The attention to detail in his works is slightly reminiscent of Norman Rockwell, but a bit fuzzier. There's also an element of discomfort in most of his paintings, and sometimes it takes a bit of time to discover the source. Fascinating, but also a bit challenging I think.
Your comments closely mirror mine.
We took in the show twice during its Toronto run. I've always admired Colville's work and it was a thrill to see such a comprehensive retrospective. We always go early in the day when the gallery is relatively empty so we can spend time with each painting without constant distractions.
Colville's work always struck me as a bit off-kilter, both in terms of style and content. His figures seem to be pasted into the frame like a collage. So many of them have no cast shadows:
His stippled technique - not quite pointillism - also gives his paintings a surreal feel.
And then there's the content: he rarely shows faces. They're invariably turned away from the viewer, or have objects in front of their faces, or at the very least they're in profile, looking into the distance. I feel like a voyeur when I look at his paintings; the people in the paintings are unaware that I'm watching.
Then there are the exceptions - often self-portraits - which are the complete opposite, and the subject is staring down the viewer: