Winner of the SAA President’s Artistic Achievement Award.
Selected for the SAA traveling exhibition to US museums (Sep 2016 – Sep 2017).
Selected through international competition for the front cover of Art Tour International Magazine’s Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art, a special edition produced by Art Tour International and released during International Design Week 2013 in Florence, Italy.
Winner of the Dual Category Award in the Art Renewal Center’s 10th Annual Salon Competition 2013-2014. Selected ouf of 2200 entries by over 1000 artists worldwide.
Juried into the Birds in Art exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin in 2014. Birds in Art is the most prestigious exhibition of art focused on birds in the world.
Featured in the following magazines:
Art Tour International: September 2013 / English Edition / Spanish Edition
Art Quench: Debut Edition 2014
Art Connoisseur: November – December 2014
“My family settled along the eastern edge of Algonquin Park, back when lumbering was the primary source of employment in the area. My father worked in the winter logging camps for a time, and two of my uncles held lifelong employment at the mill. I can remember a time when the primary heating of our home was provided by a large cast-iron wood stove, and how cold the house was on a winter morning. My brother Alexander and I both took on the chore of splitting and stacking firewood as soon as we had the physical strength for the task, first with soft pine for kindling and later hard maple that burned hot and long. My brother, depicted in Keen Edge, still has a wood stove in his home on the land originally cleared by my grandfather.”
– Michael Dumas
“The red-breasted nuthatch is a common bird in my area, and I see them on an almost daily basis. This sort of familiarity and visual contact is very much at the heart of what inspires me to paint. The individual bird in my painting is one that I have coaxed onto my hand many times by holding out a few seeds, and he seems to recognize me when I step outside. Because of this I get the opportunity to watch first-hand and very close-up as he forages in upside-down fashion searching for food on tree-trunk and branches. It is all so intimate and full of trust, and it was my hope that this would show in the final painting.”
– Michel Dumas
“One of the most recurring themes in my work involves quiet and often recessive corners, be they old rural buildings, lowly roadside tangles, or shadowy worlds of the deep woods. In settings such as portrayed in ‘Evening Chores’ there is something about the textures, play of light, and sense of age that invokes strong emotions and recollections that go back to my childhood. I always get the sense that there is some hidden secret to be found in places like these, if only one is attuned to such things. It is the sense of discovery to be found in often overlooked aspects of reality that holds a great appeal to me, and even in the subtle beauty of such things as the humble house sparrow there is something profound and moving”.
– Michel Dumas
“Spring Mist was conceived from personal observation and it was my intent to not only show a beautiful species in a creative manner, but to show its relationship to an appropriate environment.”