August Artist of the Month: Tripper Dungan
You really must come see our artist of the month display for August! You get to put on 3-D glasses and look at art! And you’ll see things like a wiener dog walking a hot dog, a skateboarding taco with a mustache, a donut with a arms and legs and a big smile, and so much more!
Tripper Dungan was born in Santa Barbara, California. At the early age of 4 he got in trouble for coloring in his brothers He-Man coloring book. He hasn’t stopped making art since.
In his early teens Tripper and his family moved regularly, sometimes every week. During this time he started making a comic strip that was heavily inspired by “Calvin and Hobbes” and “The Simpsons”. The comic strip didn’t last but a couple years. After a few years and 3 times across the country and back, Tripper’s family settled in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tripper attend the Las Vegas Academy of Performing and Visual Arts and International Studies. This is where he received the bulk of his art training. For a sort of informal Senior project, he and his friend John Engle, AKA “the Prof 8o00%” made a makeshift carnival they called “The Carnival of the Eye.” It featured a plethora of dioramas, 2d art, a black and white strobe hut gallery, a tea bar, and a 7-foot tall mushroom with a light up interior.
In 2002, Tripper moved up to Portland, Oregon, where he started making sampled music soundtracks for his increasingly elaborate shadow puppet shows. He would perform at clubs, house parties, music venues, tea houses, colleges, and geodesic domes all up and down the northwest coast.
Portland is also where Tripper met a handful of visual artist in the early days of “Last Thursdays” up on Alberta Street. They shared a love of found wood to paint on and had an aesthetic that worked well together, and they formed a loose collective they called “Junk Town.” Junk Town would set up their salvaged wood walls at night clubs and bars, and hang art on the cheap. One show at Tripper’s house ended well into the night after a couple beer runs and a gaggle of Brazilians showed up to rock out on the drums to some 70′s Italian Bossanova beats.
Tripper has been a part of Portland’s many local art events such as Holocene’s annual mini golf design competition, where he made a 7-foot tall robot head to hit your golf ball into. He made a temporary moving mural of a woodsman playing a ukulele at the Goodfoot lounge. Whenever the men’s room door opened the woodsman’s arm strummed the weed whacker strings on the 11-foot ukulele. At a show at Screaming Sky he hand-carved a totem pole as part of a show about animal tales. Just to name a few.
Tripper is currently showing in galleries across the country and slinging art at heavily curated craft shows on the West coast. He even sometimes picks up the odd graphic design job for local independent record labels, websites, people that want a design for a tattoo, HUB brewing, and weekly papers like the Portland Mercury. His art has been featured on the cover of the Portland Mercury a handful of times.
Be sure to visit Tripper’s website: http://numberstar.com/!