It’s always interesting to me when an artwork gives away the zodiac sign of the artist who created it. I see that happening in the work of iconic Canadian artist Alex Colville, today’s birthday boy. Clean, conceptualized, disciplined — everything about his paintings screams “Virgo!” He may be considered to be a photorealist, yet there’s a subjectivism to his work manifested as tidiness that puts him into a category all his own.
I see the same qualities emerge from the work of the best Virgo fashion designers, including Karl Lagerfeld and Tom Ford. Even their most practical work is refined because neither designer can escape from the fact that cleaning up the world around them is in their nature.