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Alan Caswell Collier was born in Toronto in 1911 and died in 1990. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1933 and later studied at the Art Students’ League in New York City. In 1955, after spending three years in the Canadian Army, Collier returned to Toronto to teach painting and advertising design at the Ontario College of Art. His memberships included the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and the Ontario Society of Artists (Pres., 1958-61).

During his studies, Collier spent one year working at the Omega mine at Larder Lake, Ontario. He returned to the mines some time later in order to paint a series illustrating the miner’s point of view. This acrylic on canvas mural is thematically related to that series. Here, the artist has achieved an illusionistic quality through the juxtaposition of the plumb line against the rich colouration of rock. Collier explained, “The plumb bob is the symbol of all the engineering tools that tie together surface and underground workings.

Alan Caswell Collier's, Mining in Ontario, 1968

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Mining in Ontario, 1968
Alan Caswell Collier
acrylic emulsion on linen canvas
Government of Ontario Art Collection, 619773

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