Bio

b. 1977 Vancouver Canada

Lives and works Sydney Australia

Chris Dolman’s practice moves across painting, sculpture and sometimes video. Using wry humour as a veil to disguise meaning, and juxtaposing art history with popular culture and everyday lexicons, Dolman looks to self-portraiture, still life, and interior motifs, to explore scenes of the absurd and tragicomic. Probing the sad ironies complicit in contemporary artistic and personal life, he mines the many mundane melodramas which make up our life. In his work, failure is always lurking, and feelings of doubt, anxiety, regret and boredom roam free-range.

Dolman holds an MFA (research) from Sydney College of Arts, Sydney University, 2016, and a BFA (first class) from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, 2010, where he was the recipient of the Wallara Travelling Scholarship (2009). He was awarded the 2017 AGNSW Dyason Bequest. He has recieved support from the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts NSW. Dolman has undertaken international residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, and Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium. National residencies include: Hill End, Bundanon Trust, BigCi NSW, Ceramic Design Studio, and St George Institute of TAFE. He has exhibited internationally: Auckland Art Fair 2016, and SPVI Turner gallery Tokyo, and nationally with solo and group shows at: Galerie Pompom, Alaska projects, Firstdraft, West Space, Seventh, FELTspace, Fontanelle, Wellington St projects, MOP projects, Casula Powerhouse, Hazelhurst Regional, Hawkesburry Regional,  Anna Pappas, and [MARS] gallery.

Dolman created and ran the project gallery TWENTY THIRTYSEVEN (2015).

He is represented by Galerie pompom, Sydney.