Laddie John Dill

Laddie John Dill



Laddie John Dill, a Los Angeles native, was born in Long Beach and attended Santa Monica High School. He graduated from Chouinard Art Institute in 1968. At age 28, Dill had his first one-man exhibit at the Illeana Sonnabend Gallery in New York. Dill’s list of exhibitions include galleries and museums from such venues as Seoul, Paris, Nogoya, Japan; and Helsinki, Findland; to New York, Kansas City,

Seattle, and throughout Northern and Southern California.

Laddie is the recipient of two National Endowment grants; one for sculpture and one for painting, and a Guggenheim Fellowship for painting. He has also taught extensively at UCLA, UCIrvine, Art Center in Pasadena, and lectured in numerous universities and art institutions across the United States.



1943 Born in Long Beach, California

1964 – 1968 Attended Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, BFA 1968

Lives in Venice, California

1975 National Endowment for the Arts, Artists Fellowship

1979 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

1982 National Endowment for the Arts, Artists Fellowship

1983 California Arts Council, Art in Public Buildings Program Grant


Group exhibitions


INSPIRATIONAL, Museo Ercolanense Reggia di Portici, Naples, Italy, Curator Cynthia Penna (ART1307) (NA),




Hauser & Wirth Gallery, “Cal Arts 50 + 50″, Los Angeles, CA

Mac Museum, “Biennial Art MAC I,” Singen, Germany

Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery, Frederick Weisman Foundation Collection, Santa Monica, California

24 Beaubourg Gallery, “OUIOUINONNON,” Paris France


Gulbenkian Foundation Paris, “Talisman,” Paris, France

Mixographia, “Making Space,” Los Angeles, CA

Gerald Buck Collection, University of California, Irvine, CA


Hammer Museum, Gift from Grinstien Family,

“Living Apart Together: Recent Acquisitions from the Hammer Contemporary Collection,” Los Angeles, CA

Pepperdine University Museum, “Selection from the Weisman Collection,” Malibu, CA

Georges Bergès Gallery, “Harmony in Form and Color,” two-man exhibition with Kristin Jai Klosterman, New York, NY


Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, California

Selections from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Liberty Arts Gallery, “Venice Beach,” two-man show with Charles Arnoldi, Yreka, CA

Galerie Dominique Fiat, “Art & Mechanic,” Paris, France


Laguna Museum of Art, “In Barcelona”, Laguna Beach, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, “Drawings from the 60’s and 70’s”, Los Angeles, CA

Laguna Art Museum, “Electric Light Blanket” (Installation and Performance), Laguna, CA

Parallel, curated by Terence Riley, John Keenen & Joachim Pissarro, “LAX-MIA: Light + Space”, Miami, FL


Austin Projects, “Inaugural Exhibition”, Palm Desert, CA

Galerie Dominique Fiat, “Laddie John Dill and Brian Wills”, Paris, France

Nyehaus and Dorfman Projects, “The Very Last Plastics Show,” New York, NY

Laguna Museum of Art, “Selections from the Permanent Collection”, Laguna Beach, California


Barbara Mathes Gallery, “California Group Exhibition”, New York, NY

Peter Blake Gallery, “The Nature of Abstraction”, Laguna, CA

Art 1307, “7 Magnifici Anni”, Napoli, Italy

Ochi Gallery, “Value of a Line”, Sun Valley, ID


Maison Rouge, “Who’s Afraid Of Red, Yellow And Blue”, Paris, France

Tankstelle Gallery, “LA Invasion: Laddie John Dill/Peter Alexander/Judy Chicago”, Berlin, Germany

Martin-Gropius-Bau, “Pacific Standard Time Berlin”, Berlin, Germany (PST)*

William Turner Gallery, “Ed’s Party”, Los Angeles, CA

Joe’s Abbot Kinney, “Artists X Architects”, Venice, CA

MACRO, “Neon. La Materia Luminosa Dell’Arte”, Rome, Italy


ART1307, “Immaterial spaces”, Napoli, Italy

Venice Biennale, “Venice in Venice” Venice, Italy

Nye+Brown, “The Lords and the New Creatures”, Los Angeles, California

The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, “Selections from the Frederick R.

Galerie Dominique Fiat, “Contained Radiance / Paris”, Paris, France

Weisman Museum of Art”, Malibu, California (PST)*

5 Lite, “Laddie John Dill, Ed Moses, James Turrell, Robert Irwin, Robert Wilhite”, Los Angeles, CA (PST)*

Seeline Gallery, “Silver”, Los Angeles, CA (PST)*

Santa Ana College, “Mysterious Objects”, Los Angeles, CA

Laguna Art Museum, “Best Kept Secret”, Laguna Beach, CA (PST)*

Nye+Brown, “Domestic Disturbance”, Los Angeles, CA

LA Artcore, “Solid as a Rock”, Los Angeles, California (PST)*

Galerie Dominique Fiat, “PST / Paris”, Paris, France


David Zwirner, “Primary Atmospheres”, New York, New York

Museo Jumex, “Collection”, Mexico City, Mexico

Basel Art Fair, “Volta 6”, Basel, Switzerland

Nyehaus, “Swell”, New York, NY

Nathan Bernstein Gallery, “Behind the Light”, New York, NY

Friedrich Petzel Gallery, “Swell”, New York, NY


Rumba: “Made in California”, Santa Monica, California

Coda Gallery, Rancho Mirage, California

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University; “From the Vault”, Malibu, California

Fellini Gallery, Shang Hai, China

PS Zask Gallery, “Thirdspace”, Los Angeles, California

Santa Monica Museum, “Incognito”, Santa Monica, California


LA Contemporary: “Nepotism”, Los Angeles, California

The Riverside Art Museum: “The 1980’s Neo- Expressionism & Driven Abstraction II”, Riverside, California


Solo exhibitions


Museum of Art & History, “The Light of Space,” Lancaster, CA


Wiesbaden Gallery, Wiesbaden, Germany


Contained Radiance: Desert Light, Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris, France

Contained Radiance: San Francisco, Themes + Projects Gallery, San Francisco, California

Whitestone Gallery, “Contained Radiance: Taipei,” Taipei, Taiwan

Antiquitas in Luce, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Naples, Italy


Contained Radiance: Miracle Mile, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Laddie John Dill: Light Sentences and Light Traps, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, California


ART1307, “Modulazioni di luce”, Napoli, Italy

Pio Monte della Misericordia, Napoli, Italy


Nyehaus Gallery, “Elementary: Laddie John Dill”, New York, New York


Nye+Brown, “Contained Radiance/LA”, Los Angeles, California

Ochi Gallery, “Contained Radiance/Idaho”, Ketchum, Idaho


Nyehaus, “Contained Radiance”, New York, New York


LA Artcore Gallery, “Survey: 1970 – 2006”, Los Angeles, California


Off Main Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California


Kevin Barry Fine Art, Los Angeles, California


Skidmore Contemporary Art, Malibu, California

Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, California

Elena Zass Gallery, Laguna Beach, California


Euro Gallery, Exhibition, Minneapolis, Minnesota


Ochi Gallery, “Recent Works”, Sun Valley, Idaho

Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, California


Parchman Stremmel Galleries, San Antonio, Texas


Chac Mool Contemporary Fine Art, Los Angeles, California


Ochi Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho

Valerie Miller Fine Art, Palm Springs, California


Andrea Marquit Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Steven Josefsberg Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Parchman Stremmel Galleries, San Antonio, Texas


Ochi Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho


Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nevada

Conejo Valley Art Museum, Thousand Oaks, California

D.P. Fong & Spratt Galleries, San Jose, California


D.P. Fong Galleries, San Jose, California

Works Gallery South, Costa Mesa, California

Ernie Wolfe Gallery, Los Angeles, California


Works Gallery South, Costa Mesa, California

Sam Francis Gallery/ Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences, Santa Monica, California

Municipal Art Gallery/Mixografia Gallery and Workshop Los Angeles, California

Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, Washington

Sena Galleries West, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Testi critici

Luca Giordano – Laddie John Dill di Marco Di Mauro
pubblicato su Testo in catalogo: “Immaterial spaces”