Biography of Michael Dumas
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Michael Dumas art is characterized by masterful drawing, and an unusual sensitivity to the subtleties of detail, form, colour, and composition.
Conservation efforts the world over have benefitted by Michael’s dedication and support. At the time of his receiving the Carling-OKeefe Professional Conservationist Award in 1986, it was estimated that he was instrumental in raising in excess of five million dollars for conservation projects. A significant proportion of Michael’s art reflects his concern for the welfare of the natural world. A five year project initiated in 1978, and supported by the Canadian government’s Canadian Explorations Program depicted Canadian Endangered Species. This collection formed the core of a 1981 exhibit on the same theme at the prestigious McMichael Canadian Collection in Kleinberg, Ontario. In 1987, a series on endangered birds of prey was created in conjunction with the Wildlife ’87 Conservation Fund. Michael has also produced paintings to promote and raise funds for many diverse conservation groups, including The World Wildlife Fund, Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy of Canada and Canadian Parks Partnership, The Ontario Federation of anglers and Hunters, and The International Council for the Preservation of Birds.
Michael’s drawings and paintings have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums on an international scale including, The National Museum of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Collection, The Royal Botanical Gardens – Hamilton, The Royal Ontario Museum Toronto, The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site – Buffalo, N. Y, The Suntory Museum of art – Tokyo & Osaka, Japan, The Yamanakako-Takamura Museum of Arts – Japan. Mitsukoshi Gallery- Tokyo, Matsuya Gallery – Tokyo, Sogo Gallery – Osaka, Nature In Art, the International Museum of Wildlife Art – Gloucester, England.
Numerous books, magazines, films, Canadian postage stamps, and commemorative coins have featured Michael’s art and he is also a published writer. He is listed in the Who’s Who in Canada directory (University of Toronto Press) since 1994. Currently the artist lives and works in Buckhorn Lake, Ontario.
AWARDS & CREDENTIALS . . .
-Apprentice to master artist Lewis Parker, Lazare & Parker Studio, Toronto,Ontario, 1971 – 1972
-Humber College of Art & Technology, Toronto, Ontario, Graduated – 1970,
Post-graduate Studies – 1971
-Art Instruction Schools, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Completed Studies – 1968
-Biology Studies: Cornell University, Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, Completed Studies – 1984
SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS: *Selective listing
-Buckingham Fine Art, ‘The Fine Art of Michael Dumas’, **Solo Exhibition, Uxbridge, Ontario, 2003 – 2004
-Arai Gallery, ‘Michael Dumas – Expressions of Nature’, **Solo Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan, Annual show 2000 – 2004
-Mitsukoshi Gallery, ‘Michael Dumas – Expressions of Nature’, **Solo Exhibition, Sendai, Japan, 2003 – 2004
-Algonquin Gallery, ‘Wildlife Art in the Park’, **Group Exhibition, Algonquin Park, Ontario, 2002
-Mitsukoshi – Shinjuku Gallery, ‘Michael Dumas – Paintings and Drawings’,*Solo Exhibition’, Tokyo, Japan, Annual show 1994 through 2001
-Takamura Museum of Art, ‘Michael Dumas – Profile’, *Solo Exhibition, LakeYamanakako, Japan, 2000
-Wild Bird Society of Japan – Exhibition Gallery, ‘Michael Dumas – Bird Paintings’, *Solo Exhibition, Sendai, Japan, 1999
-Spanierman Gallery, ‘Natural Habitat’ – Contemporary Wildlife Artists ofNorth America. **Group Exhibition, New York, NY, USA, 1998
– Disney World – Animal Kingdom, Society of Animal Artists ‘Art and the Animal **Group Exhibition, Disney World, Florida, USA, 1998
-The McMichael Canadian Collection, ‘Canadian Endangered Species’, *Solo Exhibition, Kleinberg, Ontario, 1981
-The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, Buffalo, New York, ‘Michael Dumas -Wildlife’, *Solo Exhibit
-Canadian Endangered Species, Canadian ‘Explorations’ Program, The Canada Council – 1978 – 1980
-Commemorative Postage Stamps, Canadian Endangered Species, *Vancouver Island Marmot – 1981, *Atlantic Whitefish 1980, Canada Post – Ottawa
-Spirit of the Wild’, Guest Host: HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Sponsored by: World Wildlife Fund Canada, Toronto, Ontario, 1982
-‘Wild in the West’, Swift Fox Recovery Program, World Wildlife Fund – 1985
-‘Saving the World’s Birds’ Gala, Special guest and ceremonial introduction to hosts: Prince & Princess Hitachi of the Japanese Imperial Family, and HRH Prince Bernhardt. Sponsored by Suntory Corporation, Osaka, Japan, 1990
-‘Saving the World’s Birds’ Campaign, Suntory Corporation, Japan – 1990 -1993
-‘The Antarctic Experience’ Expedition, Cornell University, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology – 1990
-Kenya Wild Elephant Campaign, In association with: Dr. Richard Leakey, Toronto, Ontario, 1991
-‘Albatross 1000’ Conservation Project, Suntory Corporation, Japan -1994 -1995
-Canadian Commemorative Coins, Four coins (lynx) / Platinum edition, Royal Canadian Mint – 1995
-The Silver Signature Collection, Stamp Sculptures, Wildlife Habitat Canada -1995
-PBS Documentary Film, Journeys of an Artist series – Winter in Algonquin, 2005
-The International Register of Profiles, and Outstanding People of the 20th/21st Century, published by the International Biographical Institute,Cambridge, England.
-Elected Life Fellow of the International Biographical Institute, Cambridge,England. Inducted 2000.