Tomory Dodge

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Tomory Dodge
Tomory dodge 1.jpg
Tomory Dodge, 2008
Born (1974-12-23) December 23, 1974 (age 39)
Denver, Colorado, United States
Nationality American
Education Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island / California Institute of the Arts, Valencia
Known for Painting
Notable work(s) Daisy Cutter (2008)[1]

Tomory Dodge (born December 23, 1974) is an American artist.


Tomory Dodge is an American artist based in Los Angeles, California.


Jason Tomory Dodge Born in Denver, Colorado, the oldest of three sons. His mother, Madeleine Dodge, an accomplished regional artist in Denver, Colorado and his father, David C. Dodge III, a physician both encouraged his development as an artist from a young age. Growing up within a uniquely creative[citation needed] family Dodge was not alone in his pursuit and interest in the arts. His two brother's, Alex Dodge, an artist and designer and John Constantine Dodge, an actor and writer insured a rambunctious but supportive[citation needed] creative environment as a child.

His first solo exhibition in 1998 was at Pirate Contemporary Arts Oasis in Denver, Colorado.[2]


Tomory Dodge attended Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island from 1994 to 1998[3] majoring in painting. While at RISD he spent a year in Rome, Italy at the European Honors Program where his friendship with the painter Marc Handelman was forged.

Dodge then moved to Seattle, Washington where he spent the next two years developing a new direction in his work, focusing away from the figure and more on urban landscapes. He then applied to graduate programs including Yale University and UCLA but was not accepted. He applied again the following year to California Institute of the Arts where he attended from 2002 through 2004. During this time he experimented and refined his technique forming a signature style of thick gestural mark-making. His devotion to the painterly medium was at first met with mixed reviews at a school that was known for its heavy emphasis on critical theory, but Dodge eventually vindicated his position through a refined and informed exploration between representation and material.[citation needed]

Tomory Dodge, Bloom, 2004, oil on canvas, 60 X 60 inches.


Before Dodge had even finished his degree at CalArts he had caught the attention of a number of dealers in New York and Los Angeles.[4] During the time that Dodge was attending CalArts his younger brother Alex Dodge was working for CRG Gallery in New York an established contemporary art gallery in New York City. Dodge's brother told him that one of the gallery's artists, Russell Crotty, was teaching a class at CalArts and that he should consider taking it. Dodge decided to take the class where his work made a lasting impression on his professor. Crotty later urged CRG Gallery to consider the young artist's work. In 2004 CRG Gallery offered Dodge representation in New York while ACME Gallery offered him representation in Los Angeles. At this time Dodge decided to exhibit under the name Tomory, his middle name, because of another artist already exhibiting in New York by the name Jason Dodge.[5]

Though Dodge was represented by CRG Gallery in New York his first solo exhibition would be at Taxter & Spengeman in New York whom he had already agreed to have an exhibition with prior to his offer from CRG. The exhibition was a huge success[citation needed] and the beginning of a career that continues to grow.[citation needed]

Dodge is also represented by Alison Jacques Gallery in London, UK.

Solo exhibitions[edit]


  • Alison Jacques, London, UK


  • Works on Paper, CRG Gallery, New York, NY / ACME., Los Angeles, CA
  • After Forever, ACME., Los Angeles, CA


  • CRG Gallery, New York, NY


  • Alison Jacques, London, UK
  • ACME., Los Angeles, CA


  • Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
  • CRG Gallery, New York, NY


  • ACME, Los Angeles, CA
  • Taxter and Spengemann, New York, NY
  • MFA Thesis Exhibition, California Institute of the Arts


  • A402 Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA


  • CORE New Art Space, Denver, Colorado


  • Pirate Contemporary Arts Oasis, Denver, Colorado



Tomory Dodge was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant in 2004.

Public collections[edit]


  1. ^ The New York Times. 2008-05-09 |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  2. ^ "Artist Biography Tomory Dodge". CRG Gallery. 2009-10-15. 
  3. ^ CRG Gallery Artist Biography (
  4. ^ Jori, Finkel (2005-07-03). "First Come the Dealers, and Then the Diplomas". New York Times. 
  5. ^ Smith, Roberta (2000-02-04). "ART IN REVIEW Jason Dodge". New York Times. 

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