Carroll Dunham's paintings employ uniquely stylized human figures to playfully and crudely examine painting tropes and traditions. The artist employs cartoonish semblances of nature and sexually grotesque imagery as a foil for experimenting with color and line—exemplified by his frequent use of thick black outlines around familiar subjects such as blue skies and green trees. Dunham’s work is opposed to an authorial identity through its complex integration of formal craft and philosophical thought.
Carroll Dunham was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1949. The artist received a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1972.
Dunham's works are held in the public collections of: the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois; the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; the Tate Gallery in London, UK; and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota; among others.
Dunham lives and works between Cornwall, Connecticut and New York City.