Alex Colville: Return (英語) ハードカバー – 2004/6
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Alex Colville was a Canadian war artist during World War II - and one of three painters admitted to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp as it was being liberated. To express the unimaginable chaos, Colville sought order, which he found in an artistic style defined as magic realism. In the shadow of September 11, and in the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, Colville's art resonates with a renewed urgency and potency. His work contains complexly coded images that help bring order, coherence, and closure to the disorder and chaos of trauma. Beginning with Embarkation (1994), Alex Colville: Return showcases his paintings and prints from the last 10 years. More than a stunning collection of work by one of Canada's premier artists, the book suggests that the creative process is a personal mode of witnessing and a powerful tool for healing.
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I have enjoyed Colville's work for many years and thought reading this book would give me an understanding of his work.Well,after all's said and done I don't think my understanding is any greater.I guess the old adage of "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" applies to me .
If you are not familiar with his art,the cover of this book is a good example.If you like and enjoy this picture ,you'll likely enjoy more of his work.It so happens that I grew up in Kentville,just a few miles from Wolfville,where Colville lived and did much of his work.I am very familiar with the landscape around Blomindon,St.Croix,Grand Pre,Minas Basin and its tides,marshes ,warves,mudflats,etc.These are so common to people living it the area that Colville's ability to take these things and create art is amazing.
I generally tend to like realism more than impressionist art and I liked the explanation of this being "Magic Realism".
I am reminded of Andrew Wyeth,Pratt,Hooper as I look at this art.While in New Mexico, several years ago, I remember the rolling brown hills dotted with small bright green ,ball shaped bushes,that were so often portrayed in the local art.The artists created scenes more real than real.This is similar to what Colville does.
So,I may not 'understand' what he is trying to convey in his art;but I know what I like,and I like his work.
Maybe it is true of a lot of things;the smell of a rose,the
sound of a foghorn,the cry of a gull,the Northern Lights,the stars in the sky;you can enjoy it without understanding why.