Colville, was born in Toronto on the
24 of August 1920, but considers himself a Maritimer having
moved with his family to Nova Scotia in 1929. He studied art
at Mount Allison University, N.B. and on graduating in 1942
joined the Canadian Army and served in Europe as a member of
the War Art program. He taught art and art history at Mount
Allison University from 1946 to 1963 before devoting himself
full-time to his painting and print-making.
Colville's work has been exhibited in many parts of the world
-in North America, Europe and the Far East - and has been eagerly
sought for museum, corporate and private collections. He has
received many honours; he was chosen to design a set of coins
for Canada's Centenial in 1967 and that year was made an Officer
of the Order of Canada and raised to Companion, the highest
level of the Order, in 1982. He has been awarded eight honourary
degrees and from 1981 to 1991 served as Chancellor of Acadian
University, N.S. Mr. Colville married Rhoda Wright in 1942.
They have three sons and a daughter and eight grand-children.
Since 1973 they have lived in Wolfville, N.S. in the house,
built by her father, where Rhoda Colville was born.