Artwork by Kim Dorland,  Untitled

Kim Dorland

oil on canvas laid down on board
signed and dated 2011 at the upper edge of the stretcher; signed, titled and dated on the reverse; unframed
18 x 24 ins ( 45.7 x 61 cms )

Sold for $6,325.00
Sale date: March 8th 2017

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Kim Dorland

A native of Wainright, Alberta, Dorland relies heavily on his tumultuous experiences growing up, translating into works charged with challenges to preconceived notions of the Canadian wilderness within a contemporary context. He studied at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver before earning his MFA at York University in Toronto in 2003. Dorland was also an artist-in-residence at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in 2014.

With the use of neon pigments, spray paint, thick sculptural paint application and even inkjet technologies, the artist uses his emotional movement of the mediums to challenge the preconceived notions of the Canadian landscape. With an emphasis on demystifying the idea of terra nullius—the void, pristine, virgin land often idealized by historical Canadian painting and art history—the artist often incorporates contemporary figures and tokens in a rugged environment emphasizing one's place in the landscape. Works often include hidden symbols and references not immediately obvious drawing attention to the relationship humans have on the landscape they inhabit. Graffiti, cars, toys and modern infrastructure inhabit the landscape, making a contemporary comment on the traditionally void Canadian landscape in art history. Formal elements of painting are not lost on the artist. In each work, strong formal elements of line, contrast, and colour figure prominently to create visually complex imagery which forms a dialogue with celebrated twentieth century Canadian painting technique rather than a rejection of tradition.

As one of Canada's leading contemporary painters, Dorland exhibits frequently in Canada from coast to coast at the institution and gallery level with regular art fair participation in Toronto and New York. His works are part of the collections of The Art Gallery of Alberta, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Bank of Montréal, Royal Bank of Canada, and The Glenbow Museum among many other private and international collections.