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"Solo: Pierre Dorion"
2003-11-12 until 2003-12-20
Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University
The Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery presents Solo: Pierre Dorion from November 12th to December 20th, 2003. This exhibition includes some thirty paintings, collages, and mixed media works produced over a twenty-year time span; and draws special attention to the vital roles that art history, photography, and genre play in this Montreal artist’s work. Since the 1980s, Pierre Dorion has received critical acclaim for a realist style of painting that incorporates visual references to the past along with citations to the history of painting.
Dorion's interest in representation extends beyond painting to photography, and his art explores how these media come to shape the ways in which the subject is framed. Whether it is through reproductions of earlier works of art, self-portraiture, urban views, or interior scenes, Dorion’s work is as much a rigorous investigation of the act of seeing as it is about the subjects he so deftly paints. This exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity for viewers to examine firsthand the breadth of this artist’s talent.
Solo : Pierre Dorion is curated by Laurier Lacroix, Professor of Art History at the Université de Québec à Montréal. The exhibition is organized and circulated by the Galerie d'art du Centre culturel de l'Université de Sherbrooke, and funded by the Ministère de la culture et des communications du Québec, The Canada Council, Canadian Heritage, and Ville de Sherbrooke. A publication with an essay by the curator accompanies the exhibition.
Pierre Dorion was born in Ottawa in 1959, and was educated at the University of Ottawa. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. In 1997, he was awarded the Louis-Comtois prize by the City of Montreal and the Association des Galeries d’art contemporain. His work appears in numerous public and private collections in Canada and the United States. Pierre Dorion is represented by Galerie René Blouin in Montreal, and the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.