Kim Dorland is a contemporary painter that is mostly inspired by nature and surroundings in his homeland.
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.
Lives and works in Vancouver, B.C., Canada
MFA, York University, Toronto, Ontario
BFA, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC
Terror Management Theory, Beers London, London UK
Same Old Future, Arsenal Contemporary, New York, NY
Nemophilia, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Get Out, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal, Quebec
I know that I know nothing, Angell Gallery Toronto, Ontario
The end is the beginning is the end, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Kim Dorland: Everyday Monsters, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, CO (Catalogue)
I’ve seen the future, brother, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal, Quebec
Kim Dorland, Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Calgary, Alberta
Kim Dorland: Homecoming, Contemporary Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
I Hate Poetry But I Love TV, Angell Galery, Toronto, Ontario
Kim Dorland (solo booth) Volta NY, New York
You are Here: Kim Dorland and the Return to Painting, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, ON
Ghosts of You and Me, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
I’m an Adult Now, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Unexpected Beauty, Galleria Bianca, Palermo, Italy
Art Toronto, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Enter Light, Galerie Division, Montréal, Quebec
For Lori, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
Nocturne, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
New Material, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
1991, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Kim Dorland, Mark Moore Gallery, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY
Canadian Content, Skew Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
Kim Dorland, Bonelli ArteContemporanea, Mantova, Italy
Super! Natural!, Freight + Volume, New York, NY
Kim Dorland, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Her, Parisian Laundry, Montréal, Québec
4 Portraits and a Landscape, Angell Gallery, Toronto
North, Freight + Volume, New York, NY (Catalogue)
Somewhere in the Neighborhood, Bonelli Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
About a Girl, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Over the Fence, Skew Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
Kim Dorland, Centro Cuturale Cascina Grande, Rozzano, Italy (Curated by Maria Chiara Valacchi)
The Edge of Town, Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago, IL
Kim Dorland, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Into the Woods, Contemporaneamente, Milan, Italy (Catalogue)
Kim Dorland, SKEW Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
doubletake, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Paintings of Desire, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Overload, Katherine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto, Ontario
exquisitenorth, Luft Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Sun Of The Golden West, 1080BUS Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
It Looks Like Art, West Wing Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Playlist, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal, Quebec
Sky Above Clouds curated by Meredith Darrow + Olivia Davis, Performance Ski, Aspen, Colorado
O Canada, Beers London, London, UK
Tantamount, Castor Gallery, New York, NY
Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC (catalogue)
35 Works on Paper, Beers London, London UK
Aidas Bareikis, Kim Dorland & Bill Saylor, Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Major Works, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Pushing Paint, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
Pure Paint for Now People, Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
La beauté du geste, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec
Peahead, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
Tragedy Plus Time, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan
I <3 Paint (curated by Kim Dorland), Angell Gallery, Toronto
Landscape, Megumi Ogita Gallery Showcase, Tokyo
More Than Two (Let It Make Itself), The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario (catalogue)
The Painting Project, Galerie de l’UQAM, Montreal, Quebec
True North, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario
It Happened in the Woods, Hans Alf Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Oppenheimer@20, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, KS (catalogue)
60 Painters, Humber Arts and Media Studios, Humber College, Toronto, Ontario
Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation New Acquisitions and Prints, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
The Tree: Form and Substance, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario
Idealizing the Imaginary: Illusion and Invention in Contemporary Painting, Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, MI
Oye Chica!, The Mission Projects, Chicago, Il
Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Jersey City, NJ
Paper A-Z, Sue Scott Gallery, New York, NY
OPEN, Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA
Peinture Extreme, Galerie Division, Montréal, Québec
Reflexive Self, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
Natural Renditions, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
Holy Destruction, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris (Catalogue)
SUBSTANTIAL RESOURCES, Art Gallery of Sudbury, Sudbury, Ontario
Home, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT
Giving Face: Portraits for a New Generation (Curated by Stephen Heighton), Nicholas Robinson Gallery, New York, NY
Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Ontario
People, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY
Rear/View, Freight + Volume, New York, NY (Curated by Eric Shiner)
Out Behind the Shed, Richard A. and Rissa W. Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, PA
RBC Canadian Painting Competition Exhibition, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto; Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, Université de Moncton; MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie; Winnipeg Art Gallery; Emily Carr Institute Art + Design, Vancouver
Gary Goldstein, Jenny Dubnau, Kim Dorland and Sally Heller, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY
Oil Spill: New Paintings in Ontario, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
Summer Group Show, Bonelli Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
Notions of Wilderness, Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago, IL
RBC Canadian Painting Competition Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ont.; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal; Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
3 Painters, Howard House, Seattle, WA
The Daily Constitutional, Kim Dorland, Bruce Wilhelm, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
Impression/Ism: Contemporary Impressions, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA (Catalogue)
You don’t want to miss that shit: Contemporary painters at the Gladstone Hotel (Curated by Katharine Mulherin), Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario
Blame Canada, Harvey Levine Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Best of BUS: Volume 1, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto, Ontario
Little Stabs at Happiness, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Bogojev, Sasha. Interview: Canadian Painter Kim Dorland on the “Same Old Future,” Juxtapoz Magazine, March 7, 2018.
Moe, Karen. Kim Dorland’s “Nemophilia”: Too Much Too Late. Whitehot Magazine, Oct., 2017.
Griffin, Kevin. Getting contemporary: Vancouver Special reflects state of the art in Terminal City. Vancouver Sun, December 2, 2016.
Lederman, Marsha. Coastal Disturbance. The Vancouver Art Gallery has launched a provocative triennial tribute to the city’s artists. The Globe and Mail, December 2, 2016.
Krunák-Hajagos, Emese. Concrete Forest/The paintings of Kim Dorland, NY Arts, November 2016.
Letarte, Marie-Anne, Kim Dorland : Espoir et mélancolie, L’inconvénient, no 62, Autumn 2015.
Lerner, Adam, Kim Dorland: Everyday Monsters, an interview with Adam Lerner and Kim Dorland, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (catalogue).
Hunt, Stephen, Kim Dorland comes home to Alberta an art star, Calgary Herald, November 25, 2014.
Hutchinson, Kristen, Getting to know zombies, Hyperallergic, October 31, 2014.
Shewchuk, Nina, Kim Dorland comes of age, Adone magazine, October 22, 2014.
Portis, Ben, Kim Dorland : I hate poetry but I love TV, ArToronto, September 2014.
Atanassova, Katerina, Robert Enright, and Jeffrey Spalding, Kim Dorland, Figure 1 Publishing.
Whyte, Murray, Angst and Exuberance: Kim Dorland reflects on his troubled teens at Contemporary Calgary, Galleries West Magazine, Fall/Winter 2014.
Enright, Robert. Painting’s Giant Dialogue: An Interview with Kim Dorland, Border Crossings, Volume 33, Number 1.
Laluyan, Oscar. AF Best in Show & Year in Review 2013, Art Fuse, December 30, 2013.
Adams, James. Globe Arts’ Artist of the Year, Kim Dorland: Chamption of the wild, The Globe and Mail, December 28, 2013.
Angel, Sara. ‘Like Tom Thomson on Acid’, Maclean’s, October 28, 2013.
Adams, James. The Natural, The Globe and Mail, October 26, 2013.
Whyte,Murray. Changing the Landscape, Toronto Star, October 18, 2013.
Kalm, James. Kim Dorland “Ghosts of You and Me at Mike Weiss Gallery, Rough Cuts, May 3, 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG_z_PNQGDU.
Milroy, Sarah. Is that the forest pressing in, or the Group of Seven, The Globe and Mail, April 26, 2013.
Powis, Tim. Beautiful Stuff: Kim Dorland’s love for paint knows no bounds, Canadian Art, Spring 2013.
Rhodes, Richard. Kim Dorland (review), Canadian Art, Winter 2013.
Smoking White Hot: Mana Flames the Art Fire, Culture Catch, March 13, 2012
Leong, Melissa. Fresh and For Sale: Contemporary Art Auction Focusses on Art from 1980 to now, National Post, March 6, 2012
Campbell, James D. Kim Dorland, Galerie Division, Magenta Magazine, February 8, 2012
Hodges, Michael H. Bright Show Sure Cure for Winter Blahs, The Detroit News, January 19, 2012
Montreal, Paint The Painting Blog, November 18, 2011
Diaz-Berrio, Natalia Lara, Breaking All the Rules, The LINK, November 8, 2011
Pohl, John. Oil Shows Beauty, Destruction of ‘Manufactured Environment,’ Montreal Gazette, October 14, 2011
Indrisek, Scott. Kim Dorland: Painting With Guts, Modern Painters, August 24, 2011
Meier, Allison. Painting Through Your Obsession About Love, Hyperallergic, August 23, 2011
Raw and Unapologetic: Kim Dorland’s Portraits of Wife Lori at Mike Weiss Gallery, artdaily.org, July 22, 2011
Morgan, Saretta. Art Review: Kim Dorland For Lori, NY Arts Magazine, July 21, 2011
Zevitas, Steven. 10 Must-See Painting Shows In The US: Summer Heat Edition, Huffington Post, July 18, 2011
Angel, Sara. Kim Dorland: Nocturne, EYE WEEKLY, February 2, 2011
Hansen, Michael. Interview: Kim Dorland, ArtSync, January 28, 2011
Jager, David. Spooky Dorland, New Paintings Go to the Darker Side, NOW Magazine, January 27, 2011
Vaughan, R.M. Too Toronto-centric? I have no problem with that, The Globe and Mail, January 1, 2011
Hegert, Natalie. Shack in the Woods, ArtSlant, November 14, 2010
Bahrenburg, Genevieve. Taxidermy Woodland Animals Dipped in Paint and Sprinkled in Glitter? Yes, See This Exhibit, ELLE, November 4, 2010
Intini, John. That’s a bit extreme, isn’t it?, Maclean’s, August 12, 2010
Pagel, David. Art Review: Kim Dorland at Mark Moore Gallery,Los Angeles Times, March 26, 2010
Stanton, Chris. Seen: Kim Dorland at Mark Moore Gallery,DailyDuJour, March 21, 2010
Hegert, Natalie. Eye-Catchers at SCOPE, ArtSlant, March 2010
Vilas, Amber; Russeth, Andrew. Scope Comes on Strong,ARTINFO, March 8, 2010
Enright, Robert. Paint-Wrangler (An interview with Kim Dorland in two parts), Kim Dorland (catalogue), Bonelli ArteContemporanea
Rosen, Aaron. Bruised Beauty, paintings by Kim Dorland,Canadian Art Scene, June 20, 2009
Smith, Roberta. Art in Review: Kim Dorland, Super! Natural, The New York Times, June 19, 2009.
Rosen, Aaron. Beauty, Phooey, Artnet Magazine, June 2009
Lee, Sasha. Interview: Kim Dorland, Beautiful/Decay, June 8, 2009
Redfern, Christine. Artist uses big, gooey globe, The Gazette, April 4, 2009
Catchlove, Lucinda. Apocalyptic Love, Zink, Spring 2009
Beem, Edgar Allen. Home at Westport Arts Center, Yankee Magazine, March 31, 2009
Sudarsky, Noah Marcel. GIVING FACE: Portraits for a New Generation @ Nicholas Robinson Gallery, Whitehot Magazine, March 2009
Milroy, Sarah. Curatorial celebrations? Try inventor stockpiles,The Globe and Mail, November 22, 2008
Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting, Magenta Publishing for the Arts, Toronto
Dault, Gary Michael. Gallery Going, The Globe and Mail, September 13, 2008
2870 Grams of Art, M19, Paris
Kim Dorland, NY Arts, May-June 2008
Kalm, James. Kim Dorland North, The Brooklyn Rail, May 2008
Kim Dorland: The Idea of North (exhibition catalogue), Freight + Volume, New York
Doucette, Valerie. Oil Spill: New Painting in Ontario, Border Crossings, Issue No. 104 2007
Myers, Holly. Trailblazing Chinatown gallery scene keeps up with city’s pace, Los Angeles Times, November 11, 2007
Dault, Gary Michael. Pigments of the imagination, The Globe and Mail, November 10, 2007
Gray, Emma. Emma Gray’s top 10 shows in Los Angeles this month, Saatchi Online Daily Magazine, November 3, 2007
Goddard, Peter. Warning: Wet Paint, Toronto Star, October 18, 2007
Berry, Melissa. Where the grass is greener, FFWD, September 20, 2007
Tousley, Nancy. Brush strokes expose angst of everyday suburbia, Calgary Herald, September 14, 2007
Vogl, Rhiannon. Group of Seven, Ottawa XPress, August 9, 2007
Jager, David. Group Hug at Angell, NOW Magazine, December 7, 2006
McVeigh, Jennifer. RBC Showcases Canadian Talent, Calgary Herald, November 5, 2006
Best of Toronto, Now, October 26, 2006
Jager, David. Dorland’s Styles Collide, NOW Magazine, September 21, 2006
Dault, Gary Michael. Gallery Going, The Globe and Mail, September 15, 2006
Hackett, Regina. Galleries explore a new world of landscapes,Seattle Post Intelligencer, June 9, 2006
Brevi, Manuela. Into the Woods (exhibition catalogue),Contemporaneamente, Milan, Italy
Dault, Gary Michael. Gallery Going, The Globe and Mail, December 31, 2005
Dault, Julia. Our group of seven, National Post, December 8, 2005
Willard, Christopher. Losers and Winners: Kim Dorland homes in on Generation Y, Calgary Herald, November 5, 2005
Dault, Gary Michael. Gallery Going, The Globe and Mail, February 26, 2005
Goddard, Peter. Hot fantasies, heroes, a hotel and much more,The Toronto Star, February 12, 2005
Dault, Julia. Desire, and a slice of colour, National Post, March 25, 2004
Osborne, Catherine. Show buoyed by feverish optimism,National Post, November 15, 2003
SELECTED PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
Audain Art Museum, Whistler, B.C.
Contemporary Art Foundation, Japan
Art Gallery of Alberta
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
ALDO Group, Montréal
Bank of Montréal
The Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection
Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas
Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, New York
The Glenbow Museum, Calgary
The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal
The Neumann Family Collection, New York
Oppenheimer Collection, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City
The Richard Massey Foundation, New York
Royal Bank of Canada
The Sander Collection, Berlin
2018 KIM DORLAND