Chris Dolman’s practice uses the formalist tropes of late Modernism with an irreverent and self deprecating humour. Moving across painting, printmaking, ceramics and video, and drawing on the histories of geometric abstraction, Pop, and Surrealism, Dolman employs non-traditional self-portraiture to explore absurd notions of identity and engage themes of loss and failure.
Dolman graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne with first class honours in 2010. He was the recipient of the Wallara Travelling Scholarship, as well as New Work (early career) and ArtStart grants from theAustralia Council for the Arts. He has undertaken residencies at Hill End, Bundanon Trust, BigCi NSW, Ceramic Design Studio (Sydney Institute), and St George Institute of TAFE. He has exhibited nationally including shows at: Alaska projects, Firstdraft, West Space, Seventh, FELTspace, Wellington St projects, MOP projects and [MARS].
Dolman is an MFA candidate at Sydney College of Arts, with an Australian Postgraduate Award from Sydney University.
Anxious Interiors, (installation view), 2016. Photo: Ian Hobbs
Empty Vessels, Awkward Advances 2014
Installation view, Wellington St Projects
Travel Log Vanitas 2013
Glazed ceramics, wood table, metal trestles
When We Were Kings 2012
VHS tape covers, craft paper, groucho glasses, rubber teeth, masking tape, pompom, lamp shade, cushion, plastic stool
All images courtesy of the artist and Galerie pompom, Sydney