Alan Collier was born in Toronto where he studied under JEH MacDonald and Franklin Carmichael. He attended the Ontario College of Art and the Art Students League in New York as well as working as a commercial artist. He joined the Canadian army during WWII. After the war he traveled to Western Canada sketching. He was an instructor of Drawing and Techniques at the Ontario College of Art. As a muralist he decorated The Bank of Canada, Toronto and the Ryerson Institute of Technology. Collier was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 1977 and in the same year was appointed Alternate Trustee to the Art Gallery of Ontario. In retirement he made several sketching trips to the Canadian Arctic. He was elected a member of the Ontario Society of Artists in 1952, the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (full member in 1961).
Alan Collier Emerald Lake, silkscreen, 19 1/4'' x 26 1/2'' Printed by Sampson Matthews Ltd. in the 1940's