Christopher Dunlap

Lives and Works Brooklyn, NY

Christopher Dunlap Gallery Art

BFA, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

MFA, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

Christopher Dunlap’s paintings engage the viewer through a playful, disruptive exploration of color and pattern. These forms create a multiplicity of relationships between simple shapes and complex structures. Through specific placement, repetition, and implied perspective, the paintings assert a sense of depth. By creating an image that can register spatially in multiple ways, the paintings draw the viewer to a heightened awareness of their own visual processes. This sustained attention seeks to bridge a gap between perception and sensation.


Dunlap cites his mother's quilting as an early influence. Like quilting, his paintings also combine small colorful elements that unite to create a complex image. Similarly, game boards and maps, which have their own dialectics and visual language, find their way into his paintings. His work does more than just reveal thoughts; it’s a method of thinking itself, one that operates on its own oneiric logic.


Recent exhibitions in Manhattan and Brooklyn include a solo show at GCA, Centotto, Space Available, Spring Break Art Fair, Parlour Bushwick, and Es Ef Eff. In 2016 he was featured in Space Oddity, a group show at SARDINE curated by Matthew Mahler. The exhibition featured work by Christopher Dunlap, MaryKate Maher, and Alina Tenser.


Courtesy of SARDINE

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