For his first show with Freight +Volume in New York, Canadian artist Kim Dorland will be presenting several new paintings in the exhibition “North,” in which he explores placing figures in various surroundings. Born in Alberta, Dorland draws his imagery from his native landscape in large-scale representations of a forgotten mid-century suburbia and its surroundings, ennobling the banal. His settings are as much the subject of his canvas as are Edward Hopper‘s peripheral locales. Dorland’s strong compositions are punctuated by a high chroma palette and executed in a non-traditional media mix of oil, acrylic, and spray paint. His immediate and confident brushwork, along with the use of thick impasto combine to depict the familiar in a vibrant and unexpected way.
Dorland received his B.F.A. from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver and his M.F.A. from York University in Toronto. He has had several solo exhibitions, having shown at Angell Gallery in Toronto and Kasia Kay Art Projects in Chicago. “North” will open on April 5 and will be Dorland’s first exhibition in New York.