CURRENT ISSUE | FALL 2017: THE IDEA OF HISTORY
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Dorian FitzGerald

Dorian FitzGerald

Born in 1975 in Toronto. Lives and works in Toronto.

Known for the production of monumentally large paintings—one measures 18 feet high by 12 feet wide—FitzGerald has built a place for himself in the front ranks of contemporary Canadian painting. Matching the size of his painting is a taste for thematic material that relates to the culture of materialist excess that marks consumer society. His subjects have included the dining room of designer Stefano Gabbana’s yacht; a throne room of a palace in Lisbon; table decorations for a party thrown by Oprah Winfrey; a Fabergé egg; a Cartier bracelet; and Elton John’s sunglasses collection. The vivid presence of FitzGerald’s acrylic works is the result of a complex process of pouring paint into caulked line segments that aggregate into finished images derived from source photographs. Combining fractal-like forms with imagery celebrating opulence and luxury, FitzGerald’s paintings manifest a critically conceived parallel wealth that transcends the economic and experiential barriers that separate the super-rich from wider society. His work is in the collection of the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, among other institutions.