Thursday, December 13, 2018

More prestigious awards for Gallery Giclées Artist

Artist Michael Dumas is internationally recognized, not only for his unique work, but for his
conservation efforts that have raised millions of dollars for such causes. Included here are some of his most recent paintings and honors.

Sparrow’s Rest (above) by Michael Dumas has received a number of honors and was included in the prominent exhibitions noted below:
  • National Museum of Wildlife Art 2016, Jackson, Wyoming: Western Visions Exhibition
  • Recipient of National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Competition Award of Excellence 2016
  • Artists for Conservation (AFC) International Exhibition of Nature in Art 2017: Medal of Excellence and Best in Show
  • Art Renewal Centre (ARC) 12th International Competition 2016/2017: Dual Category Award
  • ARC National Art Exhibition 2017: Salmagundi Club, NYC (Centre for American Art since 1871)
  • ARC International Art Exhibition 2017-208: MEAM / European Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, Spain
  • Birds in Art 2018/Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (LYWAM), Wausau, WI
  • Opening Exhibition, National USA Tour Dec. 2018 – Nov. 2019
  •  2018 Birds in Art poster image  
  • Inducted into LYWAM Permanent Collection

Michael contributed the foreword for a new book, The Artists of Kawartha, featuring his painting, Forgotten Chores, on the cover as well as additional works inside.


Michael’s painting, Looking Out, received a Medal of Excellence in the Artists for Conservation International Exhibition of Nature in Art held in Vancouver, September 2018.

Looking Out was also included in three other exhibitions:

  • “Legacy” at the Algonquin Art Centre
  • “The Lives of Birds,” Buckhorn Fine Art Festival (selected as the Featured Piece)
  • “Western Visions 2018,”National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming. 


Michael grew up in the village of Whitney near the entrance to Algonquin Park, where some of his earliest childhood recollections were of times spent feeding the deer and visiting the museum. Built in 1953, the museum is now known as the Algonquin Art Centre. Michael worked his way through art college as a park ranger there from 1969 – 1971.

Michael, as a Park Ranger in 1971 

As one of the artists featured in a PBS television documentary series, Michael had cited the Algonquin Art Centre as an integral influence on his art. He was recently honored as the very first recipient of the “Algonquin Legacy Award,” established to recognize individuals who have actively contributed to supporting, promoting or utilizing the features of Algonquin Park for cultural and/or research purposes.

Michael receiving the Algonquin Art Centre Legacy Award
from Joel Irwin, co-director of the Centre

Michael, with other members of the Artists for Conservation, participated in the “Silent Skies” project, a mural depicting the 678 birds worldwide that are designated as endangered by the International Ornithological Congress. Each bird was to be painted on an 8” x 8” x 3/4” panel to be arranged as a multi-tiered composite that would stretch over 100 feet when assembled. 

A number of species were missing from the mural at its September opening, and ARC members are working to fill those spaces by the time the mural travels to museums over the next few years. Michael has committed to six bird paintings for this effort. Shown below are four of his exquisite works that were completed in time for the inaugural exhibit in Vancouver.


Go to to see Michael’s collection of hand-signed canvases available exclusively from Gallery Giclées.   

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