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Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber

Michael Dumontier
Born 1974, Winnipeg, MB
Education: B.F.A., University of Manitoba (First Class Honours), Winnipeg, MB
Lives and works in Winnipeg, Canada

Neil Farber
Born 1975, Winnipeg, MB
Education: B.F.A., University of Manitoba (First Class Honours), Winnipeg, MB
Lives and works in Winnipeg, Canada

Dumontier & Farber have been working together for over 20 years and were founding members of the Winnipeg, Canada-based Royal Art Lodge art collective.

Dumontier & Farber's collaborative exhibition, "One Cloud Can't Ruin Anything," features three different bodies of work.

The first is a series of flowers, each matched with a line of text.

The second is called “Duets,” and features two objects whose relationship is explained within the painting.

The final series contains grids of smaller paintings that are tied together through their simplicity and repetition of imagery and themes.

Dumontier & Farber's work is in the permanent collections of: National Gallery of Canada; Vancouver Art Gallery; Canada Council Art Bank; Winnipeg Art Gallery; Centro De Arte Caja De Burgos (Spain); Takashi Murakami (Tokyo); Folkwang Museum (Essen); and La Maison Rouge (Paris).

Photo Credit: Thomas Fricke

Michael Dumontier
Born 1974, Winnipeg, MB
Lives and works in Winnipeg, Canada

Neil Farber
Born 1975, Winnipeg, MB
Lives and works in Winnipeg, Canada

Michael Dumontier
B.F.A., University of Manitoba (First Class Honours), Winnipeg, MB

Neil Farber
B.F.A., University of Manitoba (First Class Honours), Winnipeg, MB


One Cloud Can't Ruin Anything, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (Forthcoming)

Background Love, Division Gallery, Toronto, ON

Memories Not How You Remembered Them, KRETS Gallery, Malmo, Sweden
Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber, Art Bartschi@cie, Artgeneve, Geneva, Switzerland

Blanket Statements, Actual Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
Nothing is Better than Nothing, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Dear Project Lodge, Project Lodge, Madison, WI

The Metaphysical Bullet, Galerie Guy Bartschi, Geneva, Switzerland
Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber, Salon Du Dessin Contemporain, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
Homemade Marriage Certificate, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


After the Royal Art Lodge, Division Gallery, Toronto, ON; Galerie Division, Montréal, QC

The Royal Art Lodge: Learned Helplessness, Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK
The Royal Art Lodge: Garbage Day, Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
The Royal Art Lodge, Centro De Arte Caja De Burgos, Burgos, Spain
The Royal Art Lodge: Women and Children, Perugi Artecontemporanea, Padua, Italy

In The Mourning, Galeria Espacio Minimo, Madrid, Spain
Where Is Here?, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB

Preoccupation, Aliceday, Brussels, Belgium

Pensieri Dei Serpenti, Perugi Artecontemporanea, Padua, Italy
The Royal Art Lodge: The Venetian Works, Caffe Florian, Venice, Italy
Serpentine Musings, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

The Royal Art Lodge: Ask The Dust, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, LA
Hypothermia, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Pride In Workmanship, Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK

Mele Kalikimaka, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
The Royal Art Lodge: Ask The Dust, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea; De Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands; Power Plant, Toronto, ON; The Drawing Center, New York, NY

Drue’s Birthday, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Art 33 Basel, Basel, Switzerland
The Royal Art Lodge, I-20 Gallery, New York, NY
The Royal Art Lodge, Perugi Artecontemporanea, Padova, Italy

Artpile, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Amounts of Blood, ArtCore, Toronto, ON

The Royal Art Lodge Presents, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Lodge Drawings, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, BC

The Royal Art Lodge, Small Projects Gallery, University of Houston, TX


Sobey Art Award 2014, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
Listed, Division Gallery, Toronto, ON
Actual, Actual Gallery, Winnipeg, MB

Summer Reading, The Hole, New York, NY, USA
The Painting Project, Galerie de l’UGAM, Montreal, QC

Perfect Day, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
My Winnipeg, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, MB
BlaqueLyte, Ada Gallery, Richmond, VA, USA

My Winnipeg, Musee International des Arts Modestes, Sete, France
Daydreaming Animals, Mulherin+Pollard, New York, NY
My Winnipeg, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
Family Shirt, KRETS, Malmo, Sweden

This is the Book I Have Written to You, Park Life, San Francisco, CA
House In My Head, Brandts, Odense, Denmark
The Road Less Travelled..., V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
But Why?, Beaver Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark
FAX, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, MB

Myth Of Childhood, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
Fabula Graphica 1, Grandes Galeries Aitre - Saint-Maclou, Rouen, France

Lots Of Things Like This, Apexart, New York, NY
Un monde d’images , Galerie Nationale De La Tapisserie, Beauvais, France
The Teardrop Explodes, Stadtgalerie Schwaz, Tyrol, Austria

Getting on Mother's Nerves: Psychological Drama in Contemporary Drawing, MTS, Dublin, Ireland
Drawing Restraint, Gallerie Saw Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Peer Pleasure: Royal Art Lodge/Space 1026/Instant Coffee, Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco, CA

Looking at Words:The Formal Use of Text in…, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
Two D, Green On Red, Dublin Ireland

Huts, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Arte Termita Contra Elefante Blanco, Foundacion ICO, Madrid, Spain
Strips and Characters, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
So Sweet, Leisure Club Mogidishni, Copenhagen, Denmark
Rendez-Vous 2004, Musee Art Contemporain Lyon, Lyon, France
Happy Go Lucky, Foundation VHDG, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Bande Annonce, aliceday, Brussels, Belgium
Beaver College, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
Occur(Blur), Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB

The Gothic Unconscious, Gallery One One One, Winnipeg, MB
For The Record: Drawing Contemporary Life, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Paperview, Galeria Espacio Minimo, Madrid, Spain

Christmas in July, Art System, Toronto, ON
Dolls, Dolls, Dolls, Art Lodge Studio, Winnipeg, MB

Greetings from Winnipeg, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
A Relatively Small Collection (audio art), Ace Art, Winnipeg, MB
Laughing, Plug In Gallery, Winnipeg, MB

Royal Art Lodge (Doll) and Puppet Show, R.A.L.,Winnipeg, MB

Fresh Popped, Plug In Gallery, Anti-Chamber, Winnipeg, MB

Fite Gallery, Winnipeg, MB

Selected Bibliography
Hampton, Chris. Neil Farber and Michael Dumontier: Bainn Trrustt, Canadian Art, September 1, 2015.

Leyden Cochrane, Steven. They’re all Winners_Showcase of Sobey Art Award Finalists Highlights Thought-Provoking Work from Across Canada, Winnipeg Free Press, November 20, 2014.
Farber, Dumontier Nominated for Sobey Art Award, Winnipeg Free Press, June 6, 2014.
Short List Announced for Sobey Art Award, Toronto Star,  June 4, 2014.
Adams, James. Newcomers and Familiar Names Top Sobey Short List, The Globe and Mail, June 4, 2014.
Sobey Art Award Shortlist Released, Canadian Art, June 4, 2014.
Adams, James. Meet the 25 Artists who Made the Long List for the Sobey Art Award, The Globe and Mail, April 15, 2014.
Sandals, Leah. Slideshow: Sobey Art Award Longlist Revealed, Canadian Art, April 15, 2014.

Theodore, Kristen. On the Walls, Cult MTL, March 13, 2013.
Lynch, Sophie. Royal Art Lodge Reunited Worth a Look. Canadian Art, August 31, 2013.
Addleman, Kate. What Comes After the Royal Art Lodge?, The Slant, July 2013.

Ditmars, Hadani. Out of Nowhere: Winnipeg Wonders, Canadian Art, January 12, 2012.

Medley, Mark. Winnipeg Artists Aim for the Absurd in Constructive Abandonment, National Post, July 19, 2011.

Pagel, David. An Honesty that Provokes Empathy, LA Times, January 11, 2008.

The Royal We, Juxtapoz Issue 62 (March 2006) pp. 114-115

Neelon, Caleb, The Royal Art Lodge, Swindle No. 3 (2005), pp. 54-59
Clancy, Luke, The Royal Art Lodge: Serpentine Musings, Modern Painters (May 2005) p. 113
Zebellin, Gaia, Royal Art Lodge, Scrioppo 1 (2005), p. 23
Siviero, Viviana, The Royal Art Lodge, Espoarte 33, p.74

Scott, Michael. Winnipeg's Royal Art Lodge, The Vancouver Sun, (Dec)
Laurence, Robin. Royal Visions of Childhood, The Georgia Straight, (Dec. 7)
Gillmor, Alison. Brain Trust, Western Living, (Nov.) p. 20-29

McGee, Robert. The Artful Lodger, Border Crossings, (Jan.) p. 59

Enright, Robert. The Art Lodge, Globe and Mail, (Nov. 7)

Catalogues and Books
Padova, Italy. Perugi Artecontemporanea. Pensieri dei Serpenti, Text by Guido Bartorelli
Dublin, Ireland. Douglas Hyde Gallery. Serpentine Musings, Text by Ali Davey
Santa Monica, California. Richard Heller Gallery. Neil Farber, Text by Joshua Dawes Harnden

Dictionary of Recieved Ideas: Royal Art Lodge, Ask the Dust, Text by Wayne Baerwaldt, Joseph Wolin and Lytle Shaw
Padova, Italy. Perugi Artecontemporanea. Daily Apocalypse, Text by Daniela Lotta

Padova, Italy. Perugi Artecontemporanea. Amazing: 2000, Text by Guido Bartorelli
Padova, Italy. Perugi Artecontemporanea. Royal Art Lodge, Text by Guido Bartorelli

Sobey Art Award, Short listed, Winnipeg, MB


The Cold Eye: A Video Programme of Black Humour and Nonsense, Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome

Pretendlings, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA

Garage Video, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
Garage Video, Plug In, Winnipeg, MB

Fragile Electrons, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON (touring)

National Gallery of Canada
Vancouver Art Gallery
Canada Council Art Bank
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Centro De Arte Caja De Burgos (Spain)
Takashi Murakami (Tokyo)
Folkwang Museum (Essen)
La Maison Rouge (Paris)


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