David Alexander Colville (Canadian, b. 1920 - 2013)
Dog and Priest - Glazed tempera
This painting, in which a sleek and noble-looking dog supersedes a man of the cloth, underscores Colville’s deep reverence for animals. The dog’s head obscures the face of the priest, with the dog’s collar appearing in the place of the minister’s usual white neckline. The dog appears dignified, wise and good, with his yellow eyes gazing out across the water, but what does this say about the priest behind him?