"John Dilg's understated, quiet paintings are like haikus from a master poet," says Hamlett Dobbins, Director of the Clough-Hanson Gallery in Memphis, TN. Dilg's carefully rendered and subtly colored works convey a wild essence within their landscape. The vibrant blues and electric greens, along with the warm brown and sepia tones, all work together to convey a sense of calm and serenity throughout the natural landscape. This is in part influenced by what Dilg chooses to surround himself within his studio and home. Vintage postcards, contemporary works by close friends and students, and thrift store paintings all influence the still compositions of Dilg. "Dilg strives to create a direct experience between the individual viewer and his intimately scaled paintings in order to spark unconscious 'virtual' associations with place," says curator Terri C. Smith.
Dilg is currently living in Iowa City, IA. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant to India and a National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship. Dilg's work has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Times, and The New Art Examiner. He received a B.F.A. in Painting and Filmmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa.