A fresh new look for Canadian canoes: Kim Dorland’s Untitled (Painter in a Canoe), 2013, (left), and The Painter in His Canoe, 2013. Images courtesy the artist and McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

I love a little road trip out to Kleinberg, Ontario to explore the McMichael Canadian Art Collection’s Group of Seven paintings—the gallery has Tom Thomson’s
Silver Birches (1915-1916), which is one of my absolute favourites—followed by a wander through the property’s verdant (and currently snow-dusted) grounds. It’s a pretty perfect Saturday afternoon. Earlier this winter, I made yet another trip back to the gallery to see
You Are Here: Kim Dorland and the Return to Painting. The Alberta-born and Toronto-based artist is one of Canada’s (and the art world’s) rising stars known for his landscapes and portraits created with sculptural gobs of oil paint and touches of neon and fluorescent shades.
Get a closer look at Kim Dorland’s paintings…