My paintings are incidental images, essential in the history of a life, formed within a pictographic language. In concert with the titles, these images both recollect and recompose important memories that, though personal in premise, could be applicable to anyone. My paintings strive to identify archetypes that represent, among other things, our resignation to the mystery of undiscovered sources and propose that, since nature has been misplaced, the “natural” is always unnatural.

-John Dilg


Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, B.F.A. in Painting
Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India, Fulbright Scholar

Selected Awards, Grants and Fellowships

1997, 1991, 1986, 1980
University of Iowa Faculty Development Grant
National Endowment for the Arts, Artist's Fellowship
Ragdale Foundation Residence Fellowship
1979, 77, 73
Yaddo Foundation Residence Fellowship
Fulbright Grant to India

Selected Recent One Person Exhibitions

2011, 07, 01, 00
Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
2008, 04
Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO

Selected Recent Group Exhibitions

New York, NY; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., The Big Picture
Melbourne, Australia; TCB Art
New York, NY; Edward Thorp Gallery, Turning Over a New Leaf: Selected Botanical Works
New York, NY; Luise Ross Gallery, Pretty, Strange
Miami, FL; Art Miami
Winston-Salem,NC; Selections from Luise Ross Gallery, Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery, Wake Forest University
Normal, IL; Illinois State University, Normal Editions
New York, NY; Luise Ross Gallery, RARE BIRDS
Iowa City, IA; University of Iowa Museum of Art
New York, NY; Moti Hasson Gallery, Twist it Twice
New York, NY; Luise Ross Gallery, Fun!
New York, NY; Luise Ross Gallery, New Location
New York, NY; Andrea Rosen Gallery, A Selection of Works from the Luise Ross Gallery
New York, NY; Kraushaar Galleries, Foliage


Luxbooks, Wiesbaden, Germany, 2008, Book: "Die neue Sicht der Dinge", Collaboration with poet Timothy Donnelly, reproduction of seven paintings; Natural Wonder cover.

Recent Literature

Make: Literary Magazine, Issue 10, Fall/Winter 2010-11, “At Play”. Color reproduction of 3 paintings, p. 62-63
Johnson, Ken. Review: John Dilg. The New York Times, 24 March, 2000.
Lockwood, Wes. Reviews: Patient Process. New Art Examiner,
  May-June, 2001, p.101.
Leffingwell, Edward. Review: John Dilg. Art in America, June 2002, p. 125.

Public Collections

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Villafames, Spain
Museum of Art, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Illinois State University, Normal, IL
University of Missouri, St. Louis
Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN
Davenport Museum of Art, Davenport, IA
Rockford College, Rockford, IL
Jenner and Block, Chicago, IL
Security Pacific National Bank, Los Angeles, CA
Continental Illinois National Bank, Chicago, IL
Harris Bank, Chicago, IL
First Federal Savings and Loan, Iowa City, IA
Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, IA