Kim Dorland

Kim Dorland


Kim Dorland pushes the boundaries of pictorial representation through an exploration of memory, material, nostalgia, identity, and place. His work is a collection of contradictions and contrasts. In pursuit of pushing the limits of his own practice, Dorland is an experimenter at heart who constantly seeks to rethink the language of painting. His refusal to remain faithful to one medium or approach plays into the symbiotic nature of his work– the deadness of acrylic, the sheen of spray paint, and the density of oil all unite to engage the viewer. Dorland possesses an inimitable painterly vision, which encompasses a fascination with nature inspired by the Canadian landscape and the ability to reveal the intimacy of ordinary life through domestic interiors and portraits of his family.

Kim Dorland was born in 1974 in Wainwright, Alberta, and is currently based in Toronto, Ontario. Dorland’s work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions, most notably at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg), Contemporary Calgary (Calgary), the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (Denver), Arsenal Contemporary (New York), and Bradley Ertaskiran (Montreal) among others. The artist has also participated in group exhibitions at BEERS London (London), the Power Plant (Toronto), the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City), Mana Contemporary (Jersey City), and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto). Dorland’s work can be found in numerous institutional and private collections including the Sander Collection (Berlin), the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal), the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art (Montreal), the Glenbow Museum (Calgary), the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (San Diego), and the Blanton Museum of Art (Austin).

Born in Wainwright, Canada, 1974

Lives and works in Toronto, Canada