Michael's art is characterized by masterful drawing, and an unusual sensitivity to the subtleties of
detail, form, colour, and composition. Wildlife Art magazine founder, Robert J. Koenke acknowledges
both the uniqueness and international recognition of Dumas; art when he says, "I can recognize a
Michael Dumas work from across a room, or pick it out from among a crowd of other artists. His art is
invariably stimulating as well as interesting. Even his drawings are masterpieces. His style is unique,
and through it he has made his mark in the art world. This is something every artist must work
toward in their career if they are to attain greatness.
Conservation efforts the world over have benefited by Michael's dedication and support. At the time
of his receiving the Carling-OKeefe Professional Conservationist Award in 1986, it was estimated that
he was instrumental in raising an excess of five million dollars for conservation projects. In his
capacity of conservation supporter, he has worked alongside such notable figures as H.R.H. Prince
Philip, H.R.H. Prince Bernhardt, and Prince and Princess Hitachi of the Japanese Imperial Family.
Michael was also involved with the fundraising campaign to support the efforts of Dr. Richard Leakey
in Kenya, in association with Mr. and Mrs. James Stuart, and other film celebrities.
A significant proportion of Michael's art reflects his concern for the welfare of the natural world. A
five year project initiated in 1978, and supported by the Canadian government; Canadian
Explorations Program depicted Canadian Endangered Species. This collection formed the core of a
1981 exhibit on the same theme at the prestigious McMichael Canadian Collection in Kleinberg,
Ontario. In 1987, a series on endangered birds of prey was created in conjunction with the Wildlife
Conservation Fund. Michael has also produced paintings to promote and raise funds for many diverse
conservation groups, including The World Wildlife Fund, Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy
of Canada, Canadian Parks Partnership, The Ontario Federation of anglers and Hunters, and The
International Council for the Preservation of Birds. A series depicting rare, endangered, and extinct
birds of the world, and another dedicated to the Short-Tailed Albatross were completed under the
auspices of Suntory Corporation and the Wild Bird Society of Japan.
Michael's drawings and paintings have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums on an
international scale including, The National Museum of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Collection,
The Royal Botanical Gardens - Hamilton, The Royal Ontario Museum Toronto, The Theodore
Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site - Buffalo, N. Y, The Suntory Museum of Art - Tokyo Camp,
Osaka, Japan, The Yamanakako-Takamura Museum of Arts - Japan, Mitsukoshi Gallery- Tokyo,
Matsuya Gallery - Tokyo, Sogo Gallery - Osaka, Nature In Art, the International Museum of Wildlife
Art - Gloucester, England.
Click on the images below to view Michael Dumas's artwork available for sale at this year's show.
Looking Out (Eastern Phoebe)