Mat Dubé is a professional Canadian visual artist who's work has been exhibited extensively in his home town of Ottawa as well as nationally and internationally. He was a member of the Ottawa School of Arts, The National Capital Network of Sculptors, Gallery 101 and BRAVO for several years. Dubé also acted as a jury member and exhibited in numerous galleries including The Ottawa Art Gallery/Art Rental, Gallery Jean-Claude Bergeron and the Gloucester Gallery (now known as The Trinity Gallery). He was recently nominated for the RBC/Council for the Arts in Ottawa Emerging Artist Award, he has won the first prize jury selection awarded by the National Capital Network of Sculptors and in 2008 created a bronze sculpture of the Parliament of Canada commissioned by the NCC which is now on permanent display in front of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
In 2011, Dubé received an exhibition grant from the Ontario Art Council for his solo exhibit entitled MORE. He has recently participated in gallery shows in Toronto and Montreal where his paintings were selected by the Society of Canadian Artists for inclusion in their 45th Annual Exhibition. In 2013, Dubé participated in his first international exhibit at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Colorado followed by a group show in Cincinnati. His work has been reviewed and written about in several newspapers and magazines and was published in the exhibition catalogue for the 5th Annual Nude exhibit at Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati. He has recently completed artist residency programmes at Elsewhere Studios, Colorado, Artscape, Toronto, Listhus, Iceland and the Institut für Alles Mögliche in Berlin, Germany. In August 2014 he will be attending his fifth residency at Jiwar in Barcelona, Spain.
Mat Dubé displays an impressive ability to create using a multitude of mediums including bronze and clay sculptures, acrylic and watercolour paintings as well as ink drawings. He has completed in depth studies in life drawing and bronze casting at the Ottawa School of Art and has received a diploma with honorary mention in classical animation drawing at Ottawa’s Algonquin College. His work is figurative and primarily focuses on surreal representations of the human form. A common theme explored in his art is the power of the subconscious to control our actions and shape our physical selves.