Mark Dagley (b. 1952) has had a varied arts career over the past four decades in Washington, D.C. and internationally. Trained at the Corcoran School of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Dagley grew up in D.C. surrounded by the Washington Color School’s influence, which can be found in his technical methods and interest in the structural application of color. Dagley often works on raw canvas and utilizes staining, systematically applying color in grids, dots, tapered lines and other hard edge geometric and neo-optical nuances.
During the 1980s, Dagley was active in the East Village abstract painting scene and exhibited alongside other pioneering abstract painters, including Max Gimblett and James Nares. Dagley was in the groundbreaking group show, Post-Hypnotic, which traveled nationally from 1999-2001. His work Concentric Sequence (1996) was featured on the cover of the exhibition catalog.
Dagley’s work can be found in the collections of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Musee des beaux-arts de La Chaux-de-Fonds, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Swiss Credit Union, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Buenos Aires, and many others. Dagley is a member of American Abstract Artists. His work has been reviewed in prominent art journals such as Artforum, Artnet Magazine, Hyperallergic, and The Brooklyn Rail. Dagley continues his art practice today in New Jersey. Select collections include: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Musée des beaux-arts de La Chaux-de-Fonds, Muzeum umeni Olomouc, The Ludwig Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Buenos Aires, and Swiss Credit Union Basel.