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Carroll Dunham
Carroll Dunham, 1949
Carroll Dunham (b. 1949, New Haven, CT, USA) creates paintings and drawings of life in vivid, animated action, using bold planes of color in imagined natural landscapes populated with bright, cartoonishly rendered trees, flowers, rivers and animals. His characters are engaged in obscure rituals, bathing or wrestling, half-Biblical and half-science fiction. 'I was just trying to make things that felt honest in terms of how one is fascinated by human bodies. Having one and looking at them,' Dunham explains of his philosophy. His art is influenced by the pared-down approach of Dorothea Rockburne, an early mentor of Dunham's, as well as the humor of R. Crumb's comics, the artwork of Philip Guston, Arshile Gorky, Paul Gauguin, and the erotic imagery seen in contemporary advertising. 

Dunham attended Trinity College, CT before moving to New York in the early 1970s. His work is held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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