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Alan Collier RCA OSA
Alan Caswell Collier
(1911 - 1990)

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Collier attended the Ontario College of Art, studying under J.E.H. MacDonald, J.W. Beatty, Frederick Haines, F.S. Challener, Yvonne McKague Housser and Franklin Carmichael (1929 - 33).He travelled on the CPR across Canada and worked in mines to finance his further studies that took him, in 1937, to New York and the Art Students' League where he studied under Howard Trafton.He was an advertising artist after the war.In 1951 he returned to the same mines he had worked at in the 1930s to paint from the miner's point of view.A landscape, cityscape and painter of industrial subjects and murals he worked in oil, watercolour, pyroxilin, and acrylic polymer emulsion.Collier taught at the Ontario College of Art (1955-67), and painted in several parts of Canada, including the High Arctic.He exhibited at the RCA between 1948-70, and the MMFA between 1954-60.His work is represented in the HAG, AGO and NGC.