Kim Dorland



Kim Dorland (b. 1974) is among the most accomplished and collected Canadian artists of his generation. He is celebrated for his inimitable painting style, with its thick impasto and hyper-real palette. He is credited with reinvigorating the (Canadian) landscape genre by depicting dense woodlands and suburban parks, often populated with psychologically-charged figures with a visceral and raw intensity. His evocative and distinctive outdoor scenes play a central role in his otherworldly exploration of childhood, memory, and nostalgia. 

Dorland's work is instantly recognizable for his electric palette of neon hues, executed with rich impasto brushstrokes that are simultaneously frenetic and meticulously calculated. His incredibly tactile technique brings to life his phantasmagoric scapes, placing the viewer in a realm that hovers between dream and reality.

"New Father" is part of Dorland's series "Red Deer, Alberta", which recalls memories from the artist's childhood in the Prairies. In this work, a lone figure sits atop a log amidst bare birch trees in an otherwise desolate landscape, his face entirely distorted by thick blots of paint.

The forest floor is illuminated by intense neon orange underpainting that infuses the scene with a supernatural glow. At the same time, tree shadows are cast in contradicting directions, raising even more questions about the obscure location.

Like the best of his work, the composition defies convention, encapsulating the viewer while offering nuanced details that invite further contemplation. Dorland's version of contemporary expressionism is truly unrivalled. 

Dorland was named Artist of the Year by the Globe and Mail in 2013. His work is featured in prestigious collections across the globe including the Contemporary Art Foundation (Japan), Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, to name a few.

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"New Father"


Oil and acrylic on canvas

Signed, titled, and dated verso

36"H 30"W (work)

Very good condition  

Literature: Katerina, Atanassova, Robert Enright, Jeffrey Spaling, "Kim Dorland" McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 2014. pg. 15

Note: Price is $26,000 CAD

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