Kim Dingle

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Kim Dingle
Pomona, California
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Alma materCal State Los Angeles,
Claremont Graduate School

Kim Dingle (born 1951) is a Los Angeles-based contemporary artist working across painting, sculpture, photography, found imagery, and installation. Her practice explores themes of American culture, history, and gender politics through both figurative and abstract approaches.

Early life[edit]

Dingle was born in Pomona, California in 1951.[1] She received a Master of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate School in 1990 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cal State Los Angeles in 1988.[2][3]


Dingle works in series, some of her most well-known of which are her paintings of maps from memory,[4] installations and paintings of Dingle's id doppelgänger Priss,[5] the saga of Fatty and Fudge, Home Depot coloring books (anyone can do it),[6] painting blindfolded and the Crush painting series,[7]


Image of current Kim Dingle artwork

Her first mainstream solo exhibition was in 1991 at Richard/Bennett Gallery in Los Angeles.[8] Titled Portraits from the Dingle Library, it combined images of her mother, Cram, with portraits of iconic figures like George Washington, Queen Elizabeth II and George Foreman as a baby.[9] Shortly after this, she created the "Paintings of the West" series employing vintage wallpaper and other imagery as her canvas along with a hundred curated drawings of "Horses by Teenage Girls".[10] In Untitled (Girls with Dresspole) (1998), Dingle’s girls raise a flagpole "dresspole" (a long pole with a dress attached to the top) in a pose reminiscent of the famous photograph of soldiers raising the flag on Iwo Jima.

Following works included the Never in School series, where Dingle introduced school mates, where characters Fatty and Fudge dominate in the absence of adults or boys.[11][12]

Dingle created three-dimensional works featuring Fatty and Fudge in 1993 named "Priss". [5] These installations were first shown at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles and Jack Tilton in New York; they also toured European museums with Sunshine Noir: the Art of Los Angeles and The Smitsonian Museum of American Art, Washington D.C. Priss now resides in the permanent collections at MOCA Los Angeles.[13]


Priss later took the form of a 1963 MG midget car and was shown in the 2000 Whitney Biennial.[14]

In 2000, with chef (actor and author) Aude Charles, Dingle opened a fine dining vegetarian restaurant in the middle of her studio and called it Fatty's. .[3][15][2]


In 2018 her work Painting Blindfolded was shown at Sperone Westwater in New York City.[16] Her piece I Will Be Your Server: The Lost Supper Paintings was exhibited at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects in 2019.[3]


Her work is included in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art,[17] the Laguna Art Museum,[18] the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles,[19] the Los Angeles County Museum of Art[20] and the National Gallery of Art, Washington.[21]



  • Pagel, David. “Mayhem, table for 1; Artist Kim Dingle, Fatty’s Restaurant and her “Lost Supper” paintings, Los Angeles Times March 18
  • Barrie, Lita. “Kim Dingle; I Will Be Your Server (The Lost Supper Paintings) Riot Material April 5
  • Schneider, Tim. "Frieze Los Angeles Opens With Pop-Cultural Cachet in the Aisles, on the Stands, and in the Sales Figures," artnet, February 15
  • "Frieze Los Angeles Kicks Off Inaugural Edition at Paramount Pictures Studios This Week," Artfix Daily, February 13


  • Brewer, Gary, "Studio Visit: Kim Dingle, Innocence and Pathos – the Chiaroscuro of the Soul," Art and Cake, October 5
  • Wolff, Natasha, "Change Agents Erin Christovale, Kim Dingle, and Maggie Kayne," Muse, April 2
  • Becker, Noah, "Whitehot Suggests: Kim Dingle at Sperone Westwater," Whitehot Magazine, March
  • Moony-Martin, Lucia Love, "Muscle Memory: Kim Dingle talks about her Blindfold paintings with Lucia Love *Mooney-Martin," artcritical (web), March 3
  • Yau, John ,"Painting by Touch, Not by Sight," Hyperallergic (web), January 27


  • Pashaie, Natalie, "Kim Dinlge 'YIPES': From Playful to Notorious," Art Now LA, November 16
  • Miranda, Carolina, "Q&A: How Ed Sullivan, girls gone wild, an alligator and blindfold painting shaped the art of Kim Dingle," Los Angeles Times, November 8
  • Hazani, Joseph A., "Kim Dingle at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects Review," Adilettante, November 3
  • Zellen, Jody, "Kim Dingle at Susanne Vielmetter LA Projects," Art and Cake (web), November 7
  • Pagel, David, "Kim Dingle lets her alter ego loose, and the result is a rip-roaring ride," Los Angeles Times, October 28
  • Goldman, Edward, "Sizzling weather, cool art," KCRW Art Talk (web and radio), October 25
  • Short, Alice, "Inside Rand Corp.’s impressive art collection," Los Angeles Times (web), July 30


  • Norman, Lee Ann, "EXPO 201: Critic’s Picks by Lee Ann Norman," NewCity Art (web), September 25
  • Goldstein, Andrew M., "5 Artists to Discover at EXPO Chicago 2016," Artspace (web), September 23


  • Snyder, Garrett, "Hide & Seek – Chinatown’s Secret Wine Shop,", February 4
  • Miranda, Carolina, "Crazy Babies and Pantyhose: 5 must-see works at OCMA's 'Avant-Garde'", Los Angeles Times, September 10


  • Tiberghien, Giles A, "The Imaginary Cartographic World in Contemporary Art," Espace, Spring / Summer Farabee, Mindy, "The Many Lives of Kim Dingle,", June 20
  • Vankin, Deborah, "Kim Dingle debuts ‘Wine Bar for Children’ at Coagula Curatorial," Los Angeles Times, October 27
  • Eisler, Maryam, Ed, "Art Studio America – Contemporary Artist Spaces," London: Thames & Hudson


  • McLean, Madeline, "Dollies of Folly & Frolic: Kim Dingle at Sperone Westwater." Daily Serving, April 11
  • Cembalest, Robin, "Having her cake and eating it too?" Let My People Show, April 12
  • Herzlinger, Jamie, "Kim Dingle-So Interesting! Feminist Artist," Jamie, April 24


  • "Goldmine," Exhibition Catalogue: University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach


  • Gleason, Mat, "The Ten most UNDERRATED Los Angeles Art World Stars," Huffington Post, August 17


  • Jacobs, Frank, "Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities," New York: Penguin Group, p. 26


  • Evangelisti, Silvia, "Arte Fiera/ Art First," Bologna: Renografica edizioni d’arte, p. 366


  • Cohen, David, "Art in Brief: Studies for The Last Supper at Fatty’s," The New York Sun, April 7, p. 20
  • "Kim Dingle," The New Yorker, April 16, p. 24
  • Guest, Anthony, "Something personal this way comes," The Financial Times, April 21
  • Kreimer, Julian, "Kim Dingle at Sperone Westwater," Art in America, June/July, p.196
  • Pagel, David, "Dingle’s Return is Delicious," Los Angeles Times, November 23, p. E30
  • Dingle, Kim, "Guest Lecture." Artillery, Vol. 2, No. 2, Nov/Dec


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  5. ^ a b "Brooklyn Museum: Kim Dingle". Retrieved 2019-03-06.
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  8. ^ "Kim Dingle: Portraits from the Dingle Library". Richard/Bennett Gallery. 8 June 1991 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ April 25; Uncategorized, 2019 · in (25 April 2019). "We Love Art Books! (Part 2)". Artillery Magazine.
  10. ^ "Visions". L.A. Artcore. 8 June 1992 – via Google Books.
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  12. ^ " Magazine Reviews - miracles of girldom by Robert Mahoney".
  13. ^ "Priss, 1994". The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  14. ^ "That time she got a 1963 MG into the Whitney at midnight". Crain's Chicago Business. 14 December 2018.
  15. ^ Pagel, David. "Mayhem, table for 1: Artist Kim Dingle, Fatty's restaurant and her 'Lost Supper' paintings".
  16. ^ "Painting by Touch, Not by Sight". Hyperallergic. 28 January 2018.
  17. ^ "Kim Dingle".
  18. ^ "Kim Dingle".
  19. ^ "Kim Dingle". The Museum of Contemporary Art.
  20. ^ "Kim Dingle - LACMA Collections".
  21. ^ "Artist Info".

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