APRIL 1 - 30 2015
Vernissage: Thursday, April 2: 6 - 10 pm

We are pleased to announce Colin Doward's first solo exhibition at PDA PROJECTS. MAIOLICA FOR MARJORY is a combination of Dorward's most recent paintings completed at a residency at NASCAD in Halifax, NS, and his recent exploration with ceramics. 


The term image enjoys a variety of definitions. As a picture maker, I have come to understand images as a relationship between medium and body. Medium - be it photography, painting, video - helps us to see the images that colonize our minds. As willing hosts, we carry these images with us and express their variants through physical materials. In turn, these representations go on to populate other receptive minds, continuing a cycle of adaptation and regeneration. My practice is driven by this theory of images as lifelike entities, parasitic beings that multiply across a landscape of human minds and human artifacts. 

Thrown pots are intimately connected to the human body, through the process of their making and their functionality. As vessels that hosts images, they reflect our own capacity to keep images alive. Daily encounters with these vessels provide a unique opportunity for the images they host to transmit from the static medium of glaze to the dynamic medium of the human mind. This exhibition represents a search for alternative means to insert painted images into daily life.


Colin Muir Dorward has led an itinerant life. He was born in Edmonton, raised in Singapore, and obtained his BFA from Emily Carr University in 2007. He was selected as a finalist in the 2012 RBC Painting Competition, and won a $15,000 purchase prize and Honorable Mention in the 2013 competition - the same year he acquired his MFA from the University of Ottawa. In the fall of 2014, he was awarded the Robert and Isabel Pope Painter’s Residency at NSCAD University. He has exhibited across Canada at venues including The National Gallery of Canada, SAW Gallery, Carleton University Art Gallery, The Power Plant, and The Anna Leonowens Gallery. His work is held in numerous private and public collections, including the RBC Corporate Art Collection and the City of Ottawa Art Collection. Dorward will commence his PhD studies at Western University in the fall of 2015.