Pierre Dorion

Photo credit: @Evergon. Courtesy of the artist

Born in 1959 in Ottawa (Ontario, Canada)
Lives and works in Montreal (Quebec, Canada)

Principally narrative, Dorion’s paintings gravitate towards the questions raised by the impact of mechanical imaging on the pictorial practice. He has exhibited at the Beijing International Art Biennale, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, at Galerie de l’UQÀM and at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. His solo exhibitions include Close to the Edge presented at Diaz Contemporary in Toronto and at Galerie René Blouin in Montreal. 

Pierre Dorion’s paintings draw from snapshots with which he documents situations encountered during his wanderings, mainly in the city. His curious compositions alternate ceaselessly between abstraction and figuration. For this in situ triptych, Dorion photographed the space of the de Gaspé building that he would later occupy during his exhibition with Occurrence gallery. As the journalist Éric Clément points out, the large windows provide a panorama of the east of the city, and the colors of a setting sun give, on half of the painting, variations of purple, from mild to dark tones.


Pierre Dorion, Vitrines (5445 de Gaspé), 2017, Oil on linen canvas, 72" x 170 1/4" (182,88 x 432,44 cm). Photo credit: Romain Guilbault

Other exhibitions of the artist at Arsenal Contemporary Art