Chris Dolman uses the formalist tropes of modernism with incongruent and self-deprecating humour. Moving across painting, printmaking, ceramics and video, and drawing on influences of art history, cartoons and comic strips, Dolman employs nontraditional self-portraiture, still life and interior motifs to present absurd psychological narratives. Inside his tragicomic world lurk ideas of personal failure, superstitions, anxiety and loss, but also of perseverance, understanding and hope.
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 received support from the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts NSW. 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, 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: Cement Fondu, Spring 1880, Irene Rose, Galerie pompom, Alaska projects, Firstdraft, West Space, Seventh, FELTspace, Fontanelle, Wellington St projects, MOP projects, Casula Powerhouse, Gippsland Regional, 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.