Kim Dorland at Angell Gallery

Starting with Nuit Blanche and ending with Art Toronto, October is going to be great for art lovers. I’m especially looking forward to the Kim Dorland show opening mid-month.

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ABOVE: Kim Dorland, Untitled (Painter in a Canoe), 2013, oil and acrylic on jute over wood panel, 72 x 29 inches

BELOW: Kim Dorland, So Fucked-up, 2008, oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 60 x 72 inches

Kim Dorland’s new show “I Know That I Know Nothing” opens October 14 at the Angell Gallery, and, being a fan of his work, I’m really looking forward to it. While I plan on writing a review of the show later this month, here first is a little bio:

Born in 1974 in Wainwright Alberta, Kim Dorland graduated with an MFA from York University (in Toronto) and now lives and works in Vancouver, B.C.

His career began to take off in the early 2000’s and in 2007 he was a finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition (he didn’t win). Since then, he’s shown in multiple venues including a solo exhibition at the prestigious McMichael Canadian Art Collection in 2014.

His work, which takes its inspiration from Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven is in some ways similar to Peter Doig, but with a heavier, almost sculptor-like hand (Dorland often adds so many layers of paint that screws are needed to anchor everything in place). To add contrast, washes and sprays are placed alongside thick globs of paint, and bright florescent colors are used to accent darker spaces. All this makes for a complex and compelling visual narrative.

The doors to this exhibition don’t open for another 16 days but if I had to guess, it’s going to be one of the years best shows.

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