Dildine (b. 1984, CA), received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University (CA). He has been featured in group exhibitions in Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Murfreesboro, as well as the Frederick Weisman Museum of Fine Art (CA). His work is included in the public collection of the Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California Riverside (Riverside, CA), The Frederick Weisman Museum of Fine Art (CA), The Honolulu Art Museum, and The Museum of Art and History (Lancaster, CA). He was also the recipient of the 2010 Claremont Graduate University Award. The artist lives and works in Fresno, CA.
Joshua Dildine merges found autobiographical photographs with gestural abstract painting. In this combination of familiar settings, he uses the image as an armature for expressive mark making, turning nostalgia on its head. Not only do the painted spaces play with our concept of gravity, the images upon which they sit are often altered from their original orientation. The paintings invite you to excavate familiar settings, like shag carpets, vintage toys, and Saturday morning cartoons of years gone bye, giving the viewers that satisfaction of finding the familiar in the abstraction.