In this print of a cartoonish tree, the artist uses a familiar painting trope as a springboard for exploring formal elements of painting—such as color, gesture and line. The artist is known for large-scale, semi-abstract paintings of biomorphic figures and landscapes. Dunham's work is charged by an energetic intensity and often violent, psycho-sexual subjects. The artist's thoughtful approach to the medium is a combination of raw imagery and technical mastery, resulting in works of profound complexity that evoke the sensation of spontaneity.
Of his process, Dunham says: “The area in which I tend to wander when I’m thinking about my own work, is the area of how the mind works . . . how the personality is constructed. What parts of me can be allowed freedom and what parts can’t, all of which in the end come down to questions of the soul and what the soul is.”
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.
In this print of a cartoonish tree, the artist uses a familiar painting trope as a springboard for exploring formal elements of painting. The artist's thoughtful approach to the medium is a combination of raw imagery and technical mastery, resulting in a complex work that evokes the sensation of spontaneity.More
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