Claude Dorval
CLAUDE DORVAL

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Québec in 1953. Lives in Québec, QC.

The journey that leads the artist to canvas is one through nature. As a child he found himself scouring through fields and forest on the Côte de Beaupré in the Québec region, sleeping under the stars, which he still does when cycling and canoeing from the Eastern Townships to Cap Breton.  In his twenties, as a waterfowl hunter his territory expanded from Abitibi to Iles aux Grues and to the Gaspesian Peninsula.  Graven images were naturally gathered throughout the kilometres roamed during his outdoor adventures. Training retrievers introduced him to competitions where sculpted birds were awarded as prize.  These sculptures attracted him to pursue the art form for approximately ten years.  Art brought him to see nature in a different light to the point where chisel and brush definitely replaced the rifle.  He then participated in national and international decoy sculpting championships which won him a few ribbons.  During the same period, his artwork was shown in both galleries and symposiums. His motivations to live in intimacy with nature would unavoidably nurture a secret conviction: one day I shall be a painter

The road traveled as a nature lover, hunter and sculptor brought along his route various artists, namely Jean-Louis Courteau, also a hunter, with whom he developed a friendship beyond all bounds.  The former would become a source of answers to his many queries, a critical eye, motivation when in doubt, his mentor. Claude Dorval portrays that anything is possible when driven by passion, persistent toil and a determination to better

 

EDUCATION
1998-2001 A self-taught painter, Claude Dorval consulted regularly with Jean-Louis Courteau and the artist community for technical advice in validating his educational path.
1993 Painting lessons with Pat Godin, champion in Brandford, Ontario
1987-1988 Wood-carving lessons (birds) with Stéphane Bougie in Valleyfield, QC
1984 Drawing lessons with Paul Y. Gagnon, Château Richer, Québec, QC.
1983-1984 Wood-carving lessons (birds) Rondo sculpture school in Beauport, QC.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007 “Exposition Hommage”, Pierre Séguin Gallery, L’Île-Perrot, QC.
“First day of spring”, Internationale art Gallery, Québec City, QC.
Symposium of arts of Drummondville, Drummondville, QC.
2006 Symposium of arts of Drummondville, Drummondville, QC.
1998 International exhibition, Ducks Unlimited in Québec. QC.
Exhibition and fundraising for Ducks Unlimited, Thetford-Mines, QC
symposium, Ste-Adèle, QC.
1997 Provincial exhibition, Ducks Unlimited in Québec. QC.  Exhibition Unlimited, Thetford-Mines, QC Sainte-Adèle in Colours symposium
Christin Gallery, Toronto, ON. (permanent exhibition)
Yves Laroche Art Gallery, Montréal, QC. (permanent exhibition)
Du Petit Champlain Art Gallery, Québec, QC. (permanent exhibition)
Archambault Gallery, Lavaltrie, QC. (permanent exhibition)
Des voltigeurs Art Gallery, Mont-Tremblant, QC.
1996 Yves Laroche Art Gallery, Montréal, QC. (permanent exhibition) Exhibition of naturalist art, Cap-Tourmente National Wildlife Reserve Exhibition and fundraising for Ducks Unlimited, Thetford-Mines, QC. Archambault Gallery, Lavaltrie, QC. (permanent exhibition) Chez Christin Art Gallery, Québec, QC. (permanent exhibition) Du Petit Champlain Art Gallery, Québec, QC. (permanent exhibition)
1995 Chez Christin Art Gallery, Québec, QC. (permanent exhibition)
Du Petit Champlain Art Gallery, Québec, QC. (permanent exhibition)
1994 L’Art et la Nature exhibition, Québec, QC.
Participation in World Championship of decoy sculpture, Ocean City, Maryland, USA.
Du Petit Champlain Art Gallery, Québec, QC. (permanent exhibition)
Les mains d’argile Gallery, Québec, QC. (permanent exhibition)
1993 L’Art et la Nature exhibition, Québec, QC.
Participation in Québec’s championship of decoy sculptures, Montréal, QC
Participation in World Championship of decoy sculpture, Ocean City, Maryland, USA.
Les mains d’argile Gallery, Québec, QC. (permanent exhibition)
Aux multiples collections Gallery, Québec, QC. (permanent exhibition)
1992 L’Art et la Nature exhibition, Québec, QC.
Participation in Québec’s championship of decoy sculptures, Montréal, QC
Participation in World Championship of decoy sculpture, Ocean City, Maryland, USA.
Les mains d’argile Gallery, Québec, QC. (permanent exhibition) Aux multiples collections Gallery, Québec, QC. (permanent exhibition)
1991 Participation in Québec’s championship of decoy sculptures, Montréal, QC
Participation in World Championship of decoy sculpture, Ocean City, Maryland, USA.
Les mains d’argile Gallery, Québec, QC. (permanent exhibition
1990 Participation in Québec’s championship of decoy sculptures, Montréal, QC
Les mains d’argile Gallery, Québec, QC. (permanent exhibition)
1989 Les mains d’argile Gallery, Québec, QC. (permanent exhibition)
1988 Les mains d’argile Gallery, Québec, QC. (permanent exhibition)
1987 Les mains d’argile Gallery, Québec, QC. (permanent exhibition)

AWARDS AND MENTIONS
2004 Decoy competition judge at Festival Oies des Neiges, Cap Tourmente, QC
2003 Decoy competition judge at Festival Oies des Neiges, Cap Tourmente, QC
2002 Decoy competition judge at Festival Oies des Neiges, Cap Tourmente, QC

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Mendes Inc., QC.
Industrielle Alliance, Québec.
Corporation d’Hébergement du Québec, Quebec.