Carroll Dunham

B. 1949 After attending Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Carroll Dunham moved to New York in the early 1970s. He began making abstract paintings with an aesthetic that sought inspiration not from the dominant minimalist ethos, but from surrealism, abstract expressionism, and pop-art. From them he gleaned a desire to tap into the subconscious, a need to mine the emotional power of color, and the freedom to assimilate aspects of popular culture into his work. He had his first one-person exhibition in New York at Artists Space in 1981 and his paintings have twice been featured in the Whitney Museum of American Art's Biennial Exhibition (1985 and 1995).

Dunham's references to art history are subtly filtered through memory and association. His high-key, often day-glo colors bring to mind cartoons and album covers of the 1960s, while the biomorphic forms that recur throughout his work — the wave, the mound, genitalia, tongue, and teeth — satisfy the subconscious urges of a child's doodling. As a result, Dunham's prints, like his paintings, function on many levels. A single polymorphous shape may simultaneously suggest the internal meanderings of body's structure, a topographical landscape, or an abstract maze. Dunham was invited by Bill Goldston to print a ULAE in 1984. He has since experimented with lithography, intaglio, wood engraving, screen printing and most recently digital printing.

2009

Tree 1, 2009
Lithograph in 7 colors

Tree 2, 2009
Lithograph in 8 colors

2006

Untitled, 2006
Set of 14 lithographs

2002

In Town, 2002
Lithograph in 8 colors

Untitled 3 Parts - Untitled #1, Untitled #2, Untitled #3, 2002
Drypoint in 1 color

2001

At Night, 2001
Intaglio in 1 color with sugar lift, aquatint, and etching

Gun Slinger, 2001
Lithograph with silkscreen in 10 colors

The Sun, 2001
Pigmented inkjet with intaglio

2000

Female Portraits, One - Thirteen, 2000
Lithograph in 4 colors

1998

Island, 1998
Intaglio in 6 colors

1997

Floating Planet 1, 1997
Monotype in 7 colors

Floating Planet 2, 1997
Monotype in 7 colors

Monotype (Blue 1), 1997
Monotype in 2 colors

Monotype (Brown 1), 1997
Monotype in 2 colors

Monotype (Brown 2), 1997
Monotype in 2 colors

Monotype (Brown A), 1997
Monotype in 2 colors

Monotype (Green 3), 1997
Monotype in 3 colors

Monotype (Mauve 2), 1997
Monotype in 3 colors

Monotype (Red 1), 1997
Monotype in 2 colors with gouache and water soluble colored pencil

Monotype (Red 2), 1997
Monotype in 2 colors with gouache and water soluble colored pencil

Monotype (Red 3), 1997
Monotype in 2 colors with gouache and water soluble colored pencil

Monotype (Red 5), 1997
Monotype in 2 colors with gouache and water soluble colored pencil

1996

Undone A, 1996
Intaglio

Undone B, 1996
Intaglio

Undone C, 1996
Intaglio

Undone D, 1996
Intaglio

Undone E, 1996
Intaglio

Undone F, 1996
Intaglio

Undone G, 1996
Intaglio

Undone H, 1996
Intaglio

Undone I, 1996
Intaglio

Untitled, 1996
Lithograph in 15 colors

1995

Another Dimension, 1995
Intaglio in 6 colors with etching

1994

Seven Places: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, 1994
7 intaglios with hand separated photogravure

1993

Cold and Dark, 1993
Intaglio in 1 color with drypoint

1992

Point of Origin, 1992
Intaglio in 2 colors with etching

Point of Origin (Inverse), 1992
Intaglio in 2 colors

1991

Analysis, 1991
Wood engraving in 4 colors

1990

At The Edge, 1990
Lithograph in 1 color

Floating Shape with Backdrop, 1990
Photo-lithograph in 4 colors

Pumping Shape, 1990
Intaglio in 1 color

Shape on a Base, 1990
Intaglio in 1 color

Shape Standing on Itself, 1990
Intaglio in 1 color

Touching Two Sides, 1990
Intaglio in 1 color with drypoint

Wave, 1990
Intaglio in 4 colors

1989

Shadows, 1989
Portfolio of 10 drypoints

Untitled, 1989
Intaglio in 1 color with etching, aquatint, drypoint, and spit-bite

1988

Red Shift, 1988
Portfolio of 5 lithographs in 4 or 5 colors each

1987

Full Spectrum, 1987
Lithograph in 14 colors

1986

Color Message, 1986
Set of 3 lithographs of 4 colors each

1985

Accelerator, 1985
Lithograph in 4 colors

Untitled, 1985
Lithograph in 2 colors

Untitled, 1985
Lithograph in 2 colors