Artwork by Alan Caswell Collier,  Fraser Canyon, BC

Alan Collier
Fraser Canyon, BC

oil on canvas
signed lower left
30 x 40 ins ( 76.2 x 101.6 cms )

Sold for $6,000.00
Sale date: November 28th 2014

Dorren Martin, “Alan Caswell Collier: Of Man and Nature - Firestone Art Collection” (programme), The Ottawa Art Gallery, 1998, pages 2-3
When asked by O.J. Firestone in 1965 to provide the names of twelve leading contemporary painters, A.Y. Jackson included Alan Collier on his list, leading Firestone to acquire more than fifty of Collier's works for the family's collection, purchasing “at least one piece to represent each year Collier painted in Canada from 1932 to 1972, when the Firestone Art Collection was donated to the public.” Collier shared a “desire to discover Canada” with Jackson, the painter “eventually logging more miles and locations than his famous predecessor.”

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Alan Caswell Collier
(1911 - 1990) OSA, RCA

Born in Toronto, Alan Collier studied under J.E.H. MacDonald, and Franklin Carmichael at the Ontario College of Art (1929-33). Following graduation, he travelled across the country on a relief gang, and worked as a miner to earn enough money to study at the Art Students’ League in New York City. During his studies, he returned to mining from time to time to enable him to continue with his education.

He joined the Canadian Army in 1943. He returned to Toronto after the war to continue his advertising art career, but concentrated more and more on painting. In 1951 his background in mining became the inspiration for a series of paintings depicting the underground work environment, an interest that spanned several years. He also made annual road trips with his family to paint Canadian landscape. He received a commission from Standard Oil in 1963 to paint landscapes along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Collier was elected a member of the Ontario Society of Artists in 1952. He taught advertising art at the Ontario College of Art from 1955 to 1967 at which time he devoted himself to painting on a full-time basis. His main medium was oil, but he also painted in watercolour and acrylics. In addition to landscape, Collier is known for his portraiture. His compositions are masterful in their simplicity. He died in Toronto at the age of 79.