“Dahn traffics in reversible three dimensional illusion within the traditional format of rectangular picture supports,  What distinguishes Dahn is his feeling for pure color; His vast passages of heated oranges, violets and red are every bit as seductive as the figure ground relationships.”

 –Tom Robbins
 Art in America, 1968





Richard Dahn studied color, design, and printmaking at the School of Art at Yale University, and received his MFA in 1959. He worked on special projects with Josef Albers, the renowned artist from the Bauhaus School in pre-war Germany. Richard is a professor emeritus of Graphic Design at the University of Washington. Over the years, Richard has found inspiration in many things — everything from the space race in the 1960s, to the Pacific Northwest forests and mountains, to the color and culture in Mexico, where he lived and worked for many years. 


Richard’s work can be seen at Aaron Galleries in Glenview, Illinois.


“The memory of the black and white canvases that linger longest: the prize winning work of John McLaughlin, the subtle linear compositions of Agnes Martin, and Richard Dahn’s Orbit Organization”

–Leslie Judd Ahlander
reviewing the Corcoran Galleries 30th Biennial, April 1967