Oil painting, Landscape, Figurative, Nature

Kim Dorland

(1974, Wainwright, Canada)


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.

Education and residencies

2003 | Masters of Fine Arts at York University in Toronto, Canada

1998 | Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada


2019 | ‘It Goes On’ at Equinix Gallery in Vancouver, Canada

2018 | ‘Terror Management Theory’ at Beers London Gallery in London, UK

2017 | ‘Look Out’ at Gallerie Antoine Ertaskiran in Montréal, Canada

  • Audian Art Museum Whistler, Canada
  • Taschen Collection
  • Contemporary Art Foundation Japan
  • Art Gallery of Alberta, Canada
  • Bank of Montréal
  • Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation New York, USA
  • Oppenheimer Collection
  • The Sander Collection Berlin, Germany

2018 | Juxtapoz

2016 |