My Highlights from Art Toronto
Dorland’s works render the nostalgic spaces of the artist’s upbringing in Canada, often through a deft and distinct handling of sumptuous impasto layers and bold, broad, brush strokes. With a haunting and unexpected beauty, they seem to draw attention to their own physicality, as well as their personal nature. The artist’s unique vision and colour sensibility and the works’ elements of abstraction function collectively to engage the viewer and challenge his or her notions of what is expected of representation.
Dorland has exhibited globally, including shows in Milan, Montréal, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and is featured in numerous private, corporate and public collections of note including those of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego and Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. The artist lives and works in Toronto.
—Courtesy of Waddington's
Private Collection, Toronto
Driven equally by his fascination with the materiality of oil paint and his interest in exploring his own life experiences, Kim Dorland creates both quietly reflective and boldly visceral sculptural paintings. Dorland builds up his images from multiple layers of thickly applied paint, sometimes adding mixed materials, like feathers, glass, string, and wood. “I draw my subject[s] from the experiences I have lived through and my impoverished upbringing,” he explains, referring to the images of wooded landscapes, trailers and low-income housing, open-air parties, fistfights, and Canadian flora and fauna that recur throughout his works.
Canadian, b. 1974, Wainwright, Alberta, Canada, based in Toronto, Canada