DORIAN FITZGERALD

Bio.

Dorian FitzGerald (*1975, Toronto) makes monumental paintings of materially excessive situations. The subject matter includes the dining room of Stefano Gabbana’s yacht; the throne room of the Queluz National Palace in Lisbon; table decorations for a party thrown by Oprah Winfrey for Sidney Poitier; a Fabergé  Egg ornamented by a rose trellis; a Cartier bracelet and, most recently, an image of Elton John’s sunglasses collection at his estate in Old Windsor, England. Each of the paintings has been made using acrylic paint and caulking in a slow, precise method that FitzGerald has refined in his studio over several years, although the total number of paintings made in this manner is less than fifteen, given their scale and complexity. The process involves researching suitable imagery, manipulating it with software, making a large-scale acetate transfer onto canvas and then using clear caulking to delineate areas of pure colour so that the image is built up slowly in a manner that resembles a kind of pointillism filtered into vector graphics. FitzGerald’s largest painting to date, “The Hacker-Pschorr Beerhall, Oktoberfest, Munich” (2005), at twelve feet wide by eighteen feet high, took the artist more than three years to complete. Of his work and his process, the artist has written that “the images that interest me are symmetrically organized, complex masses of objects that assume fractal-like forms. These opulent interiors and luxury objects not only benefit from the rich texture and application of paint, they also closely align with my socio-political interests. I see myself as a contemporary court painter, documenting on a grand scale the material and spatial excesses of our time.”

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EDUCATION

2001    Bachelor of Arts, Art and Art History (a joint program between the University of Toronto and Sheridan College)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2014

Fabulous Fabergé, Jeweller to the Czars, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

2013

The Painting Project, Galerie de L'Université du Québec à Montréal

Drummond Gardens, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto (solo show)

Catalogue, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto (solo show)

2012

60 Painters, Humber College School of Arts and Media Studies

2011

Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto (solo show)

Art Québécois et Canadien, 1980-2010 : Oeuvres choisies de la collection du MBAM, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

If The Sun Had A Sound It Would Sound Like This, Clint Roenisch Gallery

2010

Property Of A Gentleman, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto (solo show)

Empire of Dreams, Museum Of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto

2008

Carte Blanche, Volume 2, Museum Of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto

PUBLICATIONS

2014

Fabulous Fabergé, Jeweller to the Czars, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

2013

The Painting Project, La Galerie UQAM

Dorian FitzGerald : Painting Excess at Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto Star

2011

Pink Towers, Axe Sculptures; Best Shows of 2011, Globe and Mail

The Process, Believer Magazine, by Sheila Heti

FitzGerald Blows Up Art Objects, NOW Magazine

Bling it On, The Grid

Review: Dorian FitzGerald, Toronto Star

2010

Dorian FitzGerald’s Deluxe Transformations, Canadian Art

Crossovers: Dorian Fitzgerald, Border Crossings

Shades of Luxury and Absurdity, Globe and Mail

Unabashed Excess, Toronto Star

Dorian FitzGerald: Property of a Gentleman, Eye Weekly

The Spoils of Empire, One Hour Empire (by David Liss)

Empire of Dreams, Eye Weekly

2009

It’s a Good Year To Bring Your Credit Card, Globe and Mail

2008

Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting, Magenta Foundation

Eye Candy, Eye Weekly

Contemporary art show full of contrasts, Toronto Star

A Group Of More Than Seven, National Post

COLLECTIONS

Musée des Beaux Arts, Montreal

Ivey School of Business, Western University, London, Ontario

Private and Corporate collections in Canada, USA and Europe

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