Alex Colville's Pacific was created outside of his Canadian locations. Painted in 1967 during a six-month teaching position in Santa Cruz, California, the work evokes palpable tension. While the man seems relaxed and the ocean benign, the presence of the handgun suggests something darker. Colville said, “I don’t think the painting is about suicide, I guess I think of the gun and the table as necessary parts of human life, upon which it is possible sometimes to turn one’s back.”
This painting has served as cinematic inspiration for movies and television series including the 1995 film "Heat" directed by Michael Mann.
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Creator: Alex Colville
Original Medium: Acrylic polymer emulsion on hardboard
Location: Private Collection
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Approximate Measurements for each:
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