Alex Coville, 1920-2013


To Prince Edward Island 1965
Acrylic polymer emulsion on hardboard
60.9 x 91.4 cm
Collection National Gallery of Canada

I was sad to hear that Canadian painter Alex Coville died yesterday.  Coville was an iconic Canadian painter, engraver, sketch artist and muralist with a career that spanned more than 70 years.   His work included tranquil compositions that focused on routine moments of family life and featured landscapes, animals and the sea.  Any student of art in Canada can likely describe more than a few of his works.

Even if you didn’t study art, if you lived in Canada, the odds are good that you saw the result of one of his most prestigious projects, designing a series of coins in 1967 to commemorate Canada’s Centennial.

You can read his obituary in the Globe and Mail.

  • jadugara

    That’s an incredible shame… Amazing work!
    Oh,…I figured I should mention, the dates you posted for his lifespan, indicates he died in 1913 instead of 2013… You might want to change that, when you have the chance…

  • MoogkSoulis

    Thanks for the heads up. Given that Coville was a man of military precision, I’m sure he would have been bothered by that.