Laddie John Dill

Laddie John Dill was born in 1943 in Long Beach, CA. He graduated at Chouinard Art Institute in 1968 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. After graduating, Laddie John Dill worked closely with established artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns.

Laddie John Dill's works are in the permanent collections of national and international institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, NY.

Laddie John Dill had his first solo exhibition in New York in 1971. He was one of the first Los Angeles Artists exhibiting "Light and Space" in New York.

Since the 1970s, Dill has made light and wall sculptures from materials such as concrete, glass, sand, and metal. With reference to his choice of materials, Dill explains: "I was influenced by Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Sonnier, or Robert Irwin, who represented "light and space" without a canvas."

When Dill uses canvas today, he paints with pigments obtained from cement and natural oxides.


Ken Johnson, known as an art critic and author of the New York Times, explains: "In the late 1960s, Laddie John Dill began producing electric light works from custom-made blown glass tubes in a lush palette of jewel-bright colors. Some consist of many short parts, some of longer parts and fewer colors. They shine beautifully like strings of illuminated glass beads. Dill called these works "light sets" and compared the color segments with words summarized in phrases and sentences. This suggests that light itself could be a transcendent language. But the effect of these works in concert is less verbal than visual music".