Dunham’s prints show considerable range in their expressivity, motifs, and themes. Inspired by his surroundings, personal experience, art history, and pop culture, he directs his gaze at subjects large and small – everything from science fiction and the infinity of the universe to the physical body and the representation of leaves on a tree.
Dunham often works in series and has a fondness for print portfolios that gather individual prints together into an inclusive whole. The exhibition shows print portfolios from the mid-1980s through to the present, allowing the viewer to trace the artist’s development from abstraction to the figures that make their first appearance in the early 1990s.
Since the mid-1980s, Dunham has been exploring a range of techniques including lithography, etching, linocut, woodcut, and silkscreen printing. He has worked with several of the most renowned print workshops in the US, including Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) in New York, the same workshop where the winners of the QSPA Inspirational Award receives a 10-day educational stay. HM Queen Sonja and Ørnulf Opdahl’s portfolio of graphic art, The Long Island Journey, was also developed in collaboration with Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) in 2015.
Carroll Dunham has been a longstanding supporter of the Queen Sonja Print Award, and has donated a print from one of his portfolios to the foundation. It can be found in the QSPA 10th Anniversary Portfolio.