Michael Dobson

Michael Dobson, "Austin Sawmill", 1999, watercolour monoprint, 16.5 x 22.85 cm (6. 5 x 9 in). Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2014
Michael Dobson, "Bracebridge at Night", 1999, watercolour monoprint, 14 x 24.1 cm,  (5.5 x 9.5 in). Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2014
Michael Dobson, "Thunder Beach", 1998, watercolour monoprint, 14 x 24.1 cm,  (5.5 x 9.5 in). Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2014
Michael Dobson, "Collingwood Harbour", 1997, 14 x 24.1 cm,  (5.5 x 9.5 in). Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2014
Michael Dobson, "Evening Stroll in Victoria Harbour", 1997, 14 x 24.1 cm,  (5.5 x 9.5 in). Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2014

Michael Dobson
Austin Sawmill, 1999
Watercolour monoprint, 16.5 x 22.85 cm (6. 5 x 9 in)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2014

Michael Dobson
Bracebridge at Night, 1999
Watercolour monoprint, 14 x 24.1 cm,  (5.5 x 9.5 in)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2014  

Michael Dobson
Thunder Beach, 1998
Watercolour monoprint, 14 x 24.1 cm,  (5.5 x 9.5 in)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2014

Michael Dobson
Collingwood Harbour, 1997
Watercolour monoprint, 14 x 24.1 cm,  (5.5 x 9.5 in)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2014

Michael Dobson
Evening Stroll in Victoria Harbour, 1997
Watercolour monoprint, 14 x 24.1 cm,  (5.5 x 9.5 in)
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the Artist, 2014

Michael Dobson is a contemporary landscape painter based in Simcoe County whose work has been shown in over forty solo exhibitions, largely in Canada but also in the USA, Scotland, England and Japan. He is particularly interested in watercolour painting en plein air and in printmaking, and almost exclusively paints the Canadian wilderness and unpopulated scenes of small towns.

Dobson has also had an extensive career in arts administration, serving on numerous art councils, boards, and juries. He was the Director/Curator of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in 1980-1982, and co-founded the Lincoln Regional Arts Council in 1985. His work is held in numerous public collections, including the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Banff Centre, the David Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto at Mississauga and the MacLaren Art Centre.

Dobson’s work is particularly of interest for the MacLaren as he has ties to the region and often depicts scenes from in and around Barrie. The five watercolour monoprints were made using a unique printing process that results in an impressionistic image that lends itself well to the subject matter that Dobson has chosen—the Canadian landscape, celebratory and colour-saturated.

These prints, in addition to a painting of Kempenfelt Bay by the artist, demonstrate a commitment to collecting regional watercolours, complementing our holdings of work by artists like Ernest Conyers Barker, Lucius O’Brien and others. Works by Michael Dobson, Walter Bachinski, Ted Fullerton, Stu Oxley and others demonstrate that traditional printmaking in Simcoe County and its surrounding areas is alive and well, even thriving in the digital age.