Colin 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.
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
1998 – 1999 Diploma, Electronics Engineering, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton AB
2017 Michael Gibson Gallery, Onward Cirri Mould, London, ON
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
2018 Michael Gibson Gallery, Crossfaded – Colin Muir Dorward & Gavin Lynch, London, ON
2016 McIntosh Gallery, Portraits, Self and Others (It’s Complicated), London, 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
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
2004 Signal and Noise Festival, Vancouver BC
2003 Butchershop Floor. Strangers in a Strange Land. Vancouver BC
2017 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
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
2015 – 2018 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.” www.rubytfo.com. 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
March 1 - March 31 - 2018
Colin Muir Dorward & Gavin Lynch “Crossfaded” – March 1-31, 2018 Colin Muir Dorward and Gavin Lynch met while studying for their MFA’s at the University of Ottawa in 2012. Both artists had an affinity to painting, David Hockney and DJing, and became fast friends. This is their first 2-person exhibition together and they present […]
December 2 - December 30 - 2017
Small Gems – December 2 – 30, 2017 For the month of December in the middle gallery, we have hung salon-style “Small Gems” by gallery artists. Will Gorlitz’ compassionate painting of a “Gorilla” looks over the west wall which includes a rare watercolour by Jack Chambers, a 1965 abstract print by Jack Bush and […]
October 27 - October 30 - 2017
ART TORONTO 2017 – Booth #A57 October 27-30 Thank you to everyone who attended Art Toronto and made our 18th consecutive year exhibiting a rewarding experience. We curated our booth around the theme of colour and the female figure. Greg Curnoe set the mood with the early rare 1962 “Woman and Mirror” painting, which […]
July 5 - July 29 - 2017
Colin Muir Dorward “Onward Cirri Mould”— July 6 – 29, 2017 In our middle gallery, for the month of July, we are exhibiting lush new oil paintings by Colin Muir Dorward. Dorward is known for painting his visible environment, which includes the people, spaces, objects, and landscapes around him. Included in our exhibition are […]