Alan Caswell Collier

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Alan Caswell Collier

1911 - 1990
OSA RCA

Alan Caswell Collier was born in Toronto in 1911 and began to show an interest in art at age 12. From 1929 to 1933 he studied at the Ontario College of Art under J.E.H. Macdonald and Franklin Carmichael. He furthered his studies at the Art Student's League in New York in 1937, working at mines during the summer to fund his education.
In 1939 he found work in New York as an advertising artist, but moved back to Toronto to work as a sheet metal worker in 1942 after marrying fellow Canadian Ruth Brown the year prior. He joined the Canadian Army in 1943, and upon his return from the war in 1946 he again worked as an advertising artist in Toronto, but focused more on his painting and less on his commercial art. His landscapes are known for their well-defined sense of form and strong compositions stripped of extraneous detail.

In 1951 Collier started doing a series of paintings of underground mining, one of which is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. He was elected to the Ontario Society of Artists in 1952 and began teaching advertising art at the Ontario College of Art in 1955. The following year marked the first of many summer sketching trips taken with his family to various parts of Canada, including British Columbia. He began painting full time in 1967, and a retrospective of his work was held by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in 1971. He traveled to the High Arctic to paint with the Polar Continental Shelf Project in 1984 and 1985.

Collier died in Toronto in 1990 at the age of 79. His work is represented in the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery and the Frye Museum in Seattle, among many others.

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Shore of Stone: Prim Point, NS, on Bay of Fundy, Near Digby
36 x 48in 91.4 x 121.9cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $12,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $19,890 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's November 2009 - 1st Session auction on Saturday, November 28, 2009
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Over Ellesmere Island
30 x 50in 76.2 x 127cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $9,000 - $12,000 CDN
Sold for:   $18,720 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's September 2008 - 3rd Session auction on Thursday, September 25, 2008
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Bow River in Banff Park (03326/284)
36 x 48in 91.4 x 121.9cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $3,000 - $4,000 CDN
Sold for:   $15,340 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's June 2016 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, June 15, 2016
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Devon Island over Jones Sound, NWT
36 x 72in 91.4 x 182.9cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $10,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $12,870 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's November 2010 - 7th Session auction on Saturday, November 27, 2010
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Entrance to Copper Scram, McIntyre-Porcupine
12 x 16in 30.5 x 40.6cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $1,000 - $1,500 CDN
Sold for:   $7,670 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's January 2015 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, January 29, 2015

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  Alan Caswell Collier
Alona Bay, Lake Superior
24 x 36in 61 x 91.4cm
lucite 45 on canvas

Estimate:  $6,000 - $8,000 CDN
Sold for:   $5,850 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's January 2011 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, January 27, 2011
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Athabaska River, Alberta
14 x 23in 35.6 x 58.4cm
watercolour on paper

Estimate:  $3,000 - $5,000 CDN
Sold for:   $4,688 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's February 2017 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, February 23, 2017
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Fields and Mountains
24 x 32in 61 x 81.3cm
oil on linen

Estimate:  $4,500 - $5,500 CDN
Sold for:   $4,388 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's November 2010 - 6th Session auction on Saturday, November 27, 2010
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Wheat Field
24 x 32in 61 x 81.3cm
oil on linen

Estimate:  $4,500 - $5,500 CDN
Sold for:   $4,388 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's November 2010 - 6th Session auction on Saturday, November 27, 2010
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Lower Kananaskis Lake
16 x 20in 40.6 x 50.8cm
oil on canvas board

Estimate:  $1,800 - $2,200 CDN
Sold for:   $3,738 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's November / December 2003 auction on Saturday, December 06, 2003
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