Colin Muir Dorward

Colin Muir Dorward
Colin Muir Dorward
Colin Muir Dorward
Colin Muir Dorward
Colin Muir Dorward
Colin Muir Dorward
Colin Muir Dorward
Colin Muir Dorward
Colin Muir Dorward

Colin DorwardColin Muir Dorward, born 1979, spent childhood in Singapore, was raised in Edmonton, and obtained his BFA from Emily Carr University in 2007.  He was selected as a finalist in the 2013 RBC Painting Competition, and won Honorable Mention in the 2014 competition – the same year he completed his MFA at the University of Ottawa. In the fall of 2014, he was awarded the Robert and Isabel Pope Painter’s Residency at NSCAD University. He has exhibited across Canada at venues including The National Gallery of Canada, SAW Gallery, Carleton University Art Gallery, The Power Plant, and The Anna Leonowens Gallery.


His work is held in numerous private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Yukon Permanent Art Collection, the RBC Corporate Art Collection and the City of Ottawa Art Collection. Dorward entered the PhD in Visual Art and Culture program at University of Western Ontario in the fall of 2015.

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The Walrus

Colin Muir Dorward

November 12, 2012

Jessa Runciman


The Fulcrum

A degree painted by hand ... or not

February 2002

Spencer Van Dyk



Current            PhD candidate, University of Western Ontario, London, ON

2011-2013       MFA, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

2002 – 2007     BFA, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver BC


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015    PDA Projects, Maiolica for Marjory, Ottawa, ON

2014    Anna Leonowens Gallery, The Nature of Things, Halifax, NS

2013    Carleton University Art Gallery, Some Paintings Enjoying Fresh Air, Ottawa, ON

SAW Gallery, New Ottawa Artist Spotlight, Ottawa, ON

2010    Gallery Rye, New Paintings, Montreal, QC

2006    The Claim, Colin Dorward, Whitehorse, YT


Selected Group/ Two-Person Exhibitions

2014    Papier, with Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal, QC

Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Primer, Ottawa, ON

2013    Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Colin Muir Dorward & Scott Everingham, Ottawa, ON

National Gallery of Canada, RBC Canadian Painting Competition 2013, Ottawa, ON

Papier, with Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal, QC

2012    The Power Plant, RBC Canadian Painting Competition 2012, Toronto, ON

2011    Redbird Gallery, Works on Paper, Montreal, QC

2009    Parc-ex Apartment, If Only There Were Ten Foot Mirrors, Montreal, QC

2008    Concordia University MFA Gallery, Que estamos esperando?, Montreal, QC

2007    Old School House Art Gallery, Two Painters, Qualicum BC

2006    Little Mountain Studio. Strangers in a Stranger Land. Vancouver BC

2005    Concourse Gallery. And There They Hang. Vancouver BC

2004    Signal and Noise Festival, Vancouver BC

2003    Butchershop Floor. Strangers in a Strange Land. Vancouver BC

Signal and Noise Festival, Vancouver BC

1998 – 1999     Diploma, Electronics Engineering, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton AB



2016    Ontario Graduate Scholarship Artistic Performance Award

Ontario Graduate Scholarship

2015    Full admission scholarship, University of Western Ontario

2014    Bill and Isabel Pope NSCAD Residency

2013    Honourable Mention/Purchase Prize: 15th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition

Most Outstanding MFA Thesis Support Paper. University of Ottawa

2012    Finalist: 14th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition

2010    Full admission scholarship, University of Ottawa


Professional Experience and Speaking Engagements

2015 – 2016     Teacher’s Assistant, studio. University of Western Ontario

2015                Why Painting Now, panel discussion w/ Eric Fischl, Melanie Authier, Jessica

Bell, Gavin Lynch, Jinny Yu and Stanzie Tooth, Art Bank of Canada

2014                Artist talk. NSCAD University

2013 – 2014     Occasional substitute teacher, painting. University of Ottawa

2013                Artist talk. Carleton University Art Gallery

2012 – 2013     Teacher’s Assistant, studio/painting, and art history. University of Ottawa

2012                Research and writing internship. National Gallery of Canada

2009 – 2012     Painting instructor. Creative Boost Arts and Language School, Montreal



Bustos, Alejandro. “Saw Gallery: Exploring the Boundaries of Imageland with Colin Muir Dorward.” Apartment 613. N.p., 11 Mar. 2013. Web. 11 Mar. 2013.

Simpson, Peter. “Time, Space and Art.” Ottawa Citizen [Ottawa] 16 Feb. 2013, Arts sec.: 1-2. Print.

Simpson, Peter. “Ottawa Artist a Finalist for $25,000 RBC Painting Award.” Ottawa Citizen. N.p., 27 June 2012. Web. 5 Mar. 2013.

Van Dyk, Spencer. “A Degree Painted by Hand … or Not.” Ed. Adam Feibel. The Fulcrum. 28 Feb. 2013. Arts sec.: 10. Print.

Ruby TFO. “Colin Muir Dorward.” Ruby TFO, 20 Feb. 2013. Web. 11 Mar. 2013.

Runciman, Jessa, and Colin M. Dorward. “Colin Muir Dorward The RBC Canadian Painting Competition Interview Series.” Editorial. The Walrus, 12 Nov. 2012. Web.

RBC Canadian painting Competition (Exhibition Catalogue, Fall 2012, p. 22-23.



National Gallery of Canada

Yukon Permanent Art Collection

Royal Bank of Canada

City of Ottawa

Colin Muir Dorward & Gavin Lynch

March 1 - March 31 - 2018

Upcoming March exhibition featuring new paintings by London-based Colin Muir Dorward and Ottawa-based Gavin Lynch.


Small Gems

December 2 - December 30 - 2017


Art Toronto 2017

October 27 - October 30 - 2017


Colin Muir Dorward “Onward Cirri Mould”

July 5 - July 29 - 2017