b. 1977 Vancouver Canada

Lives and works Sydney Australia

Represented by Galerie pompom, Sydney, and Lefebvre et Fils, Paris.


Chris Dolman’s cross-disciplinary studio based practice is imbued with incongruent and self-deprecating humour. This is not to say that it is not also sincere. Using painting, objects, and video, he creates installations that draw from personal experience, art history and popular culture, in order to explore contemporary ideas of pathos and loss; upend notions of personal and artistic failure; and interrogate the Western canon of art. Dolman’s practice-led research uses humour as both filter through which to see the world, and a device to poke fun at himself in the role of an artist, whilst exploring universal anxieties implicit in 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: Hill End, Bundanon Trust, BigCi NSW, Ceramic Design Studio, Parramatta Artist Studios, and Artspace Sydney. He has presented work in solo and group exhibitions in Australia and overseas.