Laddie John Dill
What I’m trying to do with my work is have this symbiotic relationship between natural materials like crushed volcanic ash, sulfur, blue cobalt oxide and the latest technology.
Laddie John Dill was born in Long Beach in 1943. He graduated with honors from Chouinard Art Institute in 1968. At the age of 28, he was offered his first one-man exhibit at the Sonnabend Gallery in New York. Today he enjoys a huge national and international reputation. His list of exhibitions is pages long, including venues from Seoul, Paris, Nogoya, and Helsinki to New York, Kansas City, Seattle, and throughout Northern and Southern California. His work is owned by many private collectors and is included in the permanent collections of more than 25 museums. Dill is a recipient of two National Endowment grants, one for sculpture and one for painting. He has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has taught and lectured at UCLA, UC Irvine, Art Center in Pasadena, Otis Art Institute, and numerous universities and art institutions across the United States.
A central figure in the California Light and Space movement, Laddie John Dill has been crafting light and earthy materials like concrete, glass, sand, and metal into luminous sculptures, wall pieces, and installations since the 1970s. Referring to his choice of materials, Dill explains: “I was influenced by [Robert] Rauschenberg, Keith Sonnier, Robert Smithson, Dennis Oppenheim, and Robert Irwin, who were working with earth materials, light, and space as an alternative to easel painting.”