New York City based painter, Don Dudley, was born in Los Angeles, California in 1930. Dudley has exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe including P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (1982) and a solo show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art (1984). Group shows include “New American Painting” at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1974); ”Corners” at Vera List Art Center at MIT, Boston (1979); and “Activated Walls” at the Queens Museum of Art (1984). Dudley’s minimalism remains relevant for its striking optical effects and its unfinished exploration of object, surface, and color. He currently has work on view in "Between Two Worlds: Art of California" at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Dudley’s work represents a historical dialogue between the minimal practices of the East and West Coasts in the 60s and 70s in the United States and simultaneously speaks to a new generation of globally-connected artists who are re-examining perfectionist surfaces and minimalist practices.
Critic Ken Johnson of The New York Times wrote that his paintings "have the optical punch of Frank Stella’s early paintings… As if made for a Euclidean mystery cult, [Dudley's work] is classically modern and modernistically timeless.”