Born in Toronto in 1920, Alex Colville was a Canadian painter, printmaker, and veteran. Known for painting personal subject matter in a painstakingly precise manner, Colville drew inspiration from the world around him, transforming the mundane figures and events of everyday life into archetypes of the modern condition. During his life, Colville exhibited extensively across Canada and internationally including exhibitions at the Tate Gallery in London and the Bejing Exhibition Centre. A major exhibition of his works was organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1983 and again in 2014-2015. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1982 and won the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2003.