b. 1977 Vancouver Canada

Lives and works on Gadigal and Dharug land.


Chris Dolman’s cross-disciplinary practice is imbued with incongruent and self-deprecating humour.
This is not to say that it is not also sincere.

Incorporating painting and printmaking, objects, sound and video, he conjures work that draws on personal experience, art history and popular culture to explore ontological themes of vulnerability and loss; accidents and failure; and the abject qualities of the joke.

Dolman is ultimately interested in interrogating the Western canon of art (and his place within it), whilst probing universal anxieties implicit with living in the world today.

Dolman holds an MFA (research) from Sydney College of Arts, Sydney University, 2018, and a BFA with honours (first class) from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, 2010. In 2019, he won the Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Traveling Scolarship. He received the Dyason Bequest from the Art Gallery of NSW in 2017. ArtStart and New Work grants from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2013 and 2011. He was the recipient of the Wallara Travelling Scholarship, George Hicks award, and the NGV Women’s Association Award, VCA 2009.

Dolman has undertaken international residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Villa Belleville Paris, and Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium. National residencies include: Bundanon Trust, Hill End, BigCi NSW, Ceramic Design Studio, Parramatta Artist Studios, and Artspace Sydney. He has presented work in solo and group exhibitions in Australia and overseas.