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Michael's art is characterized by masterful drawing, and an unusual sensitivity to the subtleties of detail, form, colour, and composition. Wildlife Art magazine founder, Robert J. Koenke acknowledges both the uniqueness and international recognition of Dumas' art when he says, ' I can recognize a Michael Dumas work from across a room, or pick it out from among a crowd of other artists. His art is invariably stimulating as well as interesting. Even his drawings are masterpieces. His style is unique, and through it he has made his mark in the art world. This is something every artist must work toward in their career if they are to attain greatness.
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. In his capacity of conservation supporter, he has worked along side such notable figures as H.R.H. Prince Philip, H.R.H. Prince Bernhardt, and Prince and Princess Hitachi of the Japanese Imperial Family. Michael was also involved with the fund raising campaign to support the efforts of Dr. Richard Leakey in Kenya, in association with Mr. and Mrs. James Stuart, and other film celebrities.
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, Canadian Parks Partnership, The Ontario Federation of anglers and Hunters, and The International Council for the Preservation of Birds. A series depicting rare, endangered, and extinct birds of the world, and another dedicated to the Short-tailed albatross were completed under the auspices of Suntory Corporation and the Wild Bird Society of Japan.
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.
Resides: Buckhorn Lake, Ontario, Canada
Education: Art Instruction Schools, Minniapolis, Minnesota / Ornithology Studies via Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY / Humber College of Art, Toronto, On / Lazare & Parker Studio (apprentice), Toronto, On.
Major Fields of Study: Visual Arts (design, drawing, painting)
2009 - Master Pallette Award - Buyer's Choice
Awarded by Gallery One, Mentor, Ohio, in conjunction with the Masterworks in Miniature exhibition in 2009.
2009 - Award of Recognition - Leadership in Arts and Culture
Michael received recognition for his contributions and leadership in Arts and Culture by The County of Peterborough in a civic ceremony, May 22, 2009, where it was presented to him attended by the Warden, Reeves, Deputy Reeves, and CAO of the County.
2006 - Decree of Excellence in Art
The Decree of Excellence is awarded by the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England, in recognition of meritorious achievments and outstanding contributions to a variety of professional fields. This decree is strictly limited to one hundred only acceptees world wide. Michael Dumas is the fifth person to be awarded this accolade.
2005 - Master Palette Award - People's Choice Category
Awarded by Gallery One, Mentor, Ohio, in conjunction with the Masterworks in Miniature exhibition 2005, the People's Choice category is based on votes by patrons and visitors to the web-catalogue and on-site display.
2004 - Peterborough Pathway of Fame
The Peterborough Pathway of Fame recognizes outstanding contributions which enrich the artistic, social, economic, and charitable environment of the city and surrounding areas. Ceremonies include the awarding of certificate, pin, and bronze plaque laid at Del Crary Park in the city of Peterborough.
2003 - Who's Who in America
Entry in biographical reference volume 'Who's Who in America' published by Marquis Publishing, USA.
2002 - International Register of Profiles
Awarded by the International Biographical Association, Cambridge, England. Entry in publication of the same name.
2002 - Order of Biographical Excellence
Awarded by the International Biographical Association, Cambridge, England.
2002 - Outstanding People of the 21st Century
Award and listing in the biographical reference volume 'Outstanding People of the 21st Century', published by the International Biographical Association, Cambridge, England.
2000 - Who's Who in the World
Entry in biographical reference volume, 'Who's Who in the World' published by Marquis Press, USA. Initial award accomplished by artist in 2000, and listed in editions to current year.
2000 - Outstanding People of the 20th Century
Award and entry in the biographical reference volume 'Outstanding People of the 20th Century' published by the International Biographical Association, Cambridge, England.
2000 - 20th Century Achievement Award
Awarded by the American Biographical Association, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
1995 - Canadian Commemorative Coins
Platinum edition of four coins featuring artwork by Michael Dumas and depicting the Canadian lynx. Produced and distributed by the Royal Canadian Mint, Ottawa, Canada.
1994 - Who's Who in Canada
Biographical profile published by University of Toronto Press. Inclusion 1994 to current.
1980 - Canadian Commemorative Postage Stamps
Endangered Species Series of Canadian Commemorative Stamps: Atlantic Whitefish - 1980, and Vancouver Island Marmot - 1981. Other artists participating in the series: Robert Bateman, and Gary Low.
1978 - Canadian Endangered Species
The Canadian Endangered Species series by Michael Dumas was a six year project which involved direct field research and depiction of ten species found to be endangered in Canada. Support for the project was made possible by the Explorations Program of the Canada Council. The series completed in 1984 was comprised of ten major paintings, ten large graphite working drawings, and numerous field sketches in graphite, ink, and watercolour. A series of limited edition reproductions were published and a suede bound portfolio was available to house the entire collection which included the ten major pieces and an accompanying sketch/text sheet.
This body of work formed the basis for Dumas'solo exhibition of the same name at the McMichael Canadian Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, in 1981. Held over by popular demand it became the longest running 'guest' exhibit in the gallery's long history.
He has won numerous awards for both his art and his conservation efforts. He was the first artist to ever receive the Ontario Wildlife Conservation Award (1987), and the Carling O'Keefe Professional Conservationist Award (1986). He has received top Ducks Unlimited art awards in Canada and the United States, and he was the first winner by competition of the Wildlife Habitat Canada stamp/print program.
Nature in Art - The International Museum of Art Inspired by Nature - England
The Yamanako-Takamura Museum of Art - Japan
Canada Life (Canada) Corporate Collection
Molson, Canada corporate collection
The Imaoka Collection - Japan
Ontario Provincial Collection - Queen's Park
Sir Sanford Fleming College
Wildlife Habitat Canada
Quaker Oats Corporation
Ducks Unlimited Canada
International Council for the Preservation of Birds
*Official acceptance by Prince Bernhardt of 'Rare Birds of the World' original artwork,
on behalf of the ICBP at the International Conservation Summit, Osaka, Japan, 1990.
Sagano Railway Company - Japan
Fas Co. Ltd. - Japan
The Country Connection Magazine (2009)
More about The Country Connection Magazine
- A reflective article on the influences of growing up in a rural environment on the artist's work from childhood to present day. The article features five full colour images from original oil paintings by Michael Dumas.
Author: Michael Dumas
Published by: Pinecone Publishing
Birder Magazine (1998)
Author, artist, and photographer. - A twelve part series of articles beginning with the January 1998 issue of Birder magazine, published in Japan. Each four page feature presents original artwork, text, and photography by Michael Dumas. Among the themes covered are such diverse topics as winter survival in Canadian species, Algonquin Park diversity, Wetland ecology, and Birds of prey.
Author: Michael Dumas
Canadian Wildlife Art (1995)
- Published on the occasion of the exhibition 'Canadian Wildlife Art' at the Suntory Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan. 155 pages, 93 full colour images by Michael Dumas, Robert Bateman, George McLean, Brent Townsend, and Jean-Luc Grondin.
Author: Forward by Wallace F. Wilkins. Introduction by Miki Imai, Associate Curator - Suntory Museum
Published by: Suntory Museum of Art - Japan
The Illustrator Magazine (1995)
Author and artist - The Importance of Being There: Cover art and feature article written by Michael Dumas with accompanying visuals by the artist/author.
Published by: Art Instruction Schools
Nature in Art - A Celebration of 300 Years of Wildlife Art (1991)
Artwork on back cover. Featured in interior pages. - 160 pages. 112 illustrations in full colour, plus b/w. Text and visuals based on the collection at Nature in Art - The International Museum of Art Inspired by Nature, Gloucester, England. Among the artists whose work is represented in the book: Michael Dumas, Raymond Harris Ching, Lars Jonsson, Robert Bateman, Bruno Liljefors, Whilhelm Kuhnert, Carl Rungius, and more.
Author: Dr. David Trapnell
Published by: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-9333-2
Wildlife Art Magazine (1991)
-March-April feature article -
The Art of Survival (1987)
Interior visual and biographical profile - 63 pages, 19 full colour illustrations.
Among the artists included: Michael Dumas. Fenwick Lansdowne, Jean-Luc Grondin, George McLean, Chris Bacon, Glen Loates, and others.
Author: Editorial Committee: Ian Kirkham, Steve Curtis, Terrence Heath
Published by: Canadian Wildlife Associates
The Mammals of Peterporough County (1987)
Interior visuals: Black and white drawings - Guide book and occurence date on the mammals found in Peterborough County.
Author: Geoff Carpenter
Published by: Orchid Press
The Illustrator Magazine (1986)
Author and visuals. - Title of Article: Only Echoes: Being an account of the research and creation of the painting 'Only Echoes' depicting the extinct Labrador Duck. Visuals include preliminary drawings and final painting in full colour.
Published by: Art Instruction Schools
Vegetation and Wildlife Management in Ontario (1979)
Cover art and interior visuals - Soft cover. Profile of species and habitat from the perspective of management strategies in Ontario. Over 30 black and white drawings by Michael Dumas, the artist's first works published in book format.
Author: David Eiler
Published by: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Waterfowl of North America/Ltd. Ed. Portfolio
featured artist -
Art Impressions Magazine
- -numerous articles about the artist's work, and also some written by the artist.
2000 - International Biographical Association
Inducted as a Life Fellow of the International Biographical Association, Cambridge, England
Society of Animal Artists, NY
Society of Wildlife Artists of The Nations (England)