Artwork by Kim Dorland,  Snowball #2

Kim Dorland
Snowball #2

oil and acrylic on canvas on board
signed, titled, and dated 2006 on the reverse and on the upper edge; unframed
30 x 24 x 2 ins ( 76.2 x 61 x 5.1 cms )

Galleria Giovanni Bonelli, Milan
Private Collection
“Kim Dorland, Into the Woods”, Contemporaneamente, April-May 2006, Milan
“Kim Dorland, Into the Woods,” Milan, 2006, unpaginated, reproduced
Contemporary painter Kim Dorland has often drawn on his personal experience of adolescence as subject matter for his work. Having grown up in rural Alberta, many of Dorland’s paintings are filled with partying teenagers, heavy metal references and rowdy confrontations. The bold and aggressive painterly technique of “Snowball #2” amplifies the drama of the scene. Dorland takes gleeful delight in the visual description of movement, painting in the throwing arm and snowball multiple times. The ground appears to curve
and disintegrate at right to dizzying effect. Dorland’s thick impasto strokes are almost sculptural. The fluorescent underpainting peaks through the paint surface, creating a brash contrast of hues. With his consistent material experimentation and idiosyncratic subject matter, Dorland has created an ongoing dialogue with celebrated twentieth century Canadian painting.

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Kim Dorland

A native of Wainwright, Alberta, Dorland relies heavily on his tumultuous experiences growing up, translating into works that challenge preconceived notions of the Canadian wilderness. 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 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 objects in a rugged environment emphasizing one's place in the landscape. Dorland works in a variety of media, including neon pigments, spray paint and even inkjet technologies. Works often include hidden symbols and references to the relationship humans have on the landscape they inhabit. Graffiti, cars, toys and modern infrastructure populate Dorland’s landscapes, making a contemporary comment on the traditionally barren Canadian landscape throughout art history. In each work, strong formal elements of line, contrast, and colour figure prominently to create visually complex imagery. In doing this, the artist 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.