David G. Sorensen: 21 cool facts

By Gwylym Owen

David Sorensen (May 20, 1937 – February 17, 2011) was a Canadian artist. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sorensen studied at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver School of Art below Arthur Erickson (architecture), Bill Reid (sculpture) and Jack Shadbolt (painting) and bronze casting in Mexico (introduction to Zuniga’s studio)) with a Theo Koerner grant. In 1965 he moved to Montreal, showed sculptures at Expo 67, and started to exhibit his paintings regularly across Canada: Espace Cinq, Gilles Corbeil, Waddington in Montreal; Wallack in Ottawa; Carmen Lamanna and Bau-Xi Gallery in Toronto; Bau-Xi in Vancouver. While in Montreal he held teaching positions at the Montreal Museum School of Art and Design, the Saidye Bronfman Centre and Dawson College (Viger, Vanier, and Selby campuses).

In 1976 he moved in the express of his wife Bella and their new family to the Eastern Townships, built a solar home and a large studio and storage song and continued to paint and sculpt. Between 1981 and 2000 Sorensen taught studio art at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke. Over the years he has in addition to frequently worked and exhibited in Mexico and is currently represented by Ramon Quiroga in Mexico City, Galeria Vertice and Haus der Kunst in Guadalajara. Current Canadian galleries augment Studio 21 in Halifax, Moore Gallery, Toronto, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, and Virginia Christopher in Calgary. Sorensen died in 2011 in Montreal.

Sorensen’s international excursion includes exhibits in Mexico city 1964, Basel 1974, Milan and Paris in 1975 and traveling exhibits between 1991-93 in Tokyo, Manila and Hong Kong. In 1996 Sorensen was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA). He worked upon numerous grants and commissions for the Canada Council for the Arts, the Quebec Cultural Ministry and private industry. His operate is represented in public collections such as the Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Hamilton Art Gallery, to hint a few. Among the more important private collections are Martineau Walker (Montreal and Vancouver), Avnet Shaw (New York), Cannel Films (Los Angeles), Collection Delbo (Italy), Heller Group (New Jersey), Imperial Oil (Calgary), Jannock Ltd (Toronto), Royal Bank of Canada (Toronto), Contemporary Fine Art Service (Vancouver).

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