Ray Cronin

Ray Cronin is a Nova Scotia-based writer and curator. Between 2011 and 2015 he worked at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as both curator and director. He is the founding curator of the Sobey Art Award.
Cronin has written on visual arts for magazines and newspapers for over two decades and is presently the visual arts blogger for Halifax Magazine. He is also the author of Our Maud: The Art, Life and Legacy of Maud Lewis and the ebook Alex Colville: Art and Life.



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Alex Colville: A Rebellious Mind
Ray Cronin

2019 / Canadian Art, Biography, Artists / $21.95
9781554471881 / Trade paper / 64 pp


A Gaspereau Field Guide to Canadian Artists: No. 3

While serving as a Canadian war artist in Europe during the Second World War, Alex Colville (1920–2013) was immersed in the overwhelming nihilism and horror of the period, witness to the enactment of humanity’s darkest possibilities. Colville’s war-time experience ultimately animated his remarkable painting career. The style of representational painting he developed—where realism is heightened by the artist’s assertion of order through composition—expresses the tenets of his personal revolt against chaos and despair; if these prospects lurk in even his most intimate, domestic images, so also do order and hope, charging Colville’s art with tension and vitality.



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Other Books by this Author

Maud Lewis: Creating an Icon
Ray Cronin

2020 / Canadian Art, Biography Artists / $21.95 CAN
9781554472062 / Trade paper / 64 pp
John Greer: Hard Thought
Ray Cronin

2019 / Canadian Art, Biography, Artists / $21.95 CAN
9781554471980 / Trade paper / 64 pp
Gerald Ferguson: Thinking of Painting
Ray Cronin

2018 / Canadian Art, Biography, Artists / $21.95 CAN
9781554471874 / Trade paper / 64 pp
Mary Pratt: Still Light
Ray Cronin

2018 / Canadian Art Biography, Artists / $21.95 CAN
9781554471805 / Trade paper / 64 pp

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