Kim Dingle
Painting of the West, 1991

oil on vintage wallpaper on mahogany panel
48 x 60 inches (unframed)



Kim Dingle has been exploring the subversive edges of female childhood and myths of nationhood and history in lush paintings and startling sculptures for over two decades. Sometimes irreverent, sometimes bizarre, but never without humor, her work features political and Hollywood figures — John Wayne, Abraham Lincoln, Jimmy Carter and Ed Sullivan — synonymous with America. She illustrates how this country was forged in fits of violence through her illustrations of Cowboys and Indians.

Born in Pomona, California in 1951, Dingle was raised in Los Angeles. In 1988, she graduated from California State University Los Angeles with a BFA and two years later earned a MFA from Claremont Graduate School. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Seattle Museum of Contemporary Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.


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