The artist Carroll Dunham began his painting career working on plywood after having discovered its potential in the early 1980s. Coaxing his forms to adapt to the natural textures and designs of each panel, Dunham would continue to paint wildly organic, colorful, and cartoon-like organisms as his career matured. However, his vibrant, animated forms are far from childlike, with such provocative motifs as weapons and sexual organs—sometimes with their distinctions blurred—poised for action.
Dunham has long resisted prevailing stylistic trends and consequently carved out a space for American painters to explore the possibilities of blending both abstraction and figuration. Dunham's recent hybrid of landscape and figuration demonstrate his continued desire to transcend aesthetic categories. The scenarios involving nudes in these recent paintings also reflect his ability to convey bold, perhaps unpleasant truths through superficially clumsy, unlikely subjects.
Carroll Dunham Gallery Art
Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY
David Nolan Gallery, New York, NY
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Tate Modern, London, England
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany