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Canadian Icon Alex Colville at the National Gallery of Canada

(Photo: Alex Colville, Church and Horse, 1954, glazed oil on hardboard, 41.2 x54.2 cm. Art Gallery of Hamilton, Gift of Dominion Foundries and Steel Limited (Dofasco), 1957. © A.C. Fine Art Inc. Photo: Robert McNair)

Many of Alex Colville’s paintings give a sense of danger or foreboding. (Photo: Alex Colville, Train and Horse, 1954, glazed oil on hardboard, 41.2 x54.2 cm. Art Gallery of Hamilton, Gift of Dominion Foundries and Steel Limited (Dofasco), 1957. © A.C. Fine Art Inc. Photo: Robert McNair)

Alex Colville‘s paintings portray two extremes: the warmth and safety of family life, and the foreboding sense that danger is just around the corner. Many images that seem straightforward or pastoral belie an element of unease, be it between humans, man and nature, or man and animal. It’s a dichotomy that has inspired filmmakers, writers, and other artists of all stripes, and the exhibition pairs their work with Colville’s to highlight his impact on culture not just in Canada, but around the world. On display at the National Gallery of Canada until September 7. —Amy Allen
•National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr., 613-990-1985. gallery.ca
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