Description

Kim Dorland’s works suggest a fascination with the substance of paint and a pleasure in copiously laying oil and acrylic on canvas. Known for his use of impasto, Dorland frequently incorporates diverse materials into the heavy paint surface, pushing the medium to new limits, testing its possibilities. His preferred subjects are familiar ones: the suburban areas where he grew up, the woods surrounding the town, people close to him. He is also interested in the mythology of Canada’s landscape and in artists who have marked the country’s art history. His portrait of Tom Thomson – embellished with phosphorescent paint that makes the face glow in the dark – is a salute to a legendary painter who helped shape Canadian cultural identity. M.-E. B.

Historical Vignette