Michael Dumontier is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Winnipeg. Through a process of reduction, economic intervention, and material experimentation, Dumontier creates objects that are both elegantly simple and poetically charged. Dumontier's work encompasses drawing, painting, sculpture, and collage.
Alongside his solo work, Dumontier has devoted much of his artistic career to collaboration, most notably as a founding member of the Royal Art Lodge collective. Although the RAL officially concluded in 2008, Dumontier has continued to work with Neil Farber, meeting every Wednesday night to paint and write together. At the same time, Dumontier maintains an ongoing collaboration with Toronto artist Micah Lexier. Other past collaborators include Tom Elliott, Todd Martin, Paul Butler and Guy Maddin (The Keyhole Experiment). Dumontier has presented solo exhibitions in Winnipeg, Toronto, New York, Boston, and Padua, Italy.
The Royal Art Lodge has had solo exhibitions in New York (The Drawing Center), Toronto (Power Plant), Los Angeles (MOCA), Dublin, Madrid, Brussels, Burgos, London, and produced a major commission for the 2008 Liverpool Biennial. Dumontier’s work is held in international private and public collections, including The National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), The Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Folkwang Museum (Essen, Germany), FRAC Picardie (Amiens, France), Fondation Antoine de Galbert (Paris, France), and Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos (Burgos, Spain). Dumontier received the 2012 Winnipeg Arts Council Making a Mark Award. He was shortlisted for the 2014 Sobey Art Award, along with his collaborator Neil Farber.