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.

Congratulations Colin Muir Dorward

Colin Muir Dorward has successfully completed his PhD at Western University.


Colin Muir Dorward Artist Talk

Join us on Saturday, March 24 at 2pm for an artist talk by Colin Muir Dorward.


Dorward & Lynch Opening Photos

Party pictures from Colin Muir Dorward & Gavin Lynch’s Opening Reception


Sizzling Summer Party Pics

View Party Pictures from our 19th Annual Sizzling Summer Soiree


New: Colin Muir Dorward Paintings

New Colin Muir Dorward paintings will be featured in our Art Toronto booth.


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

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


Selected Solo Exhibitions

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


Selected Group/ Two-Person Exhibitions

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


Professional Experience and Speaking Engagements

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.” 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

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 […]


Small Gems

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 […]


Art Toronto 2017

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 […]


Colin Muir Dorward “Onward Cirri Mould”

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 […]