Dale Lindman

Dale Lindman

Between Place and Time

Dale Lindman

Dale Lindman’s career has been dedicated to exploring abstraction in painting; in the past fifty years, he has mastered a vocabulary of light, color, and texture.  These variables evoke a sense of time and place, sometimes a memory, a moment in the day, or a specific location. 

Natural currents run through Lindman’s paintings.  The juxtaposition of luminescent panels of color with the terrestrial ones, the sky and the land presented upon the same plane. They are simultaneously precious and earthy. 

The titles give the viewer clues on how to view each piece.  But ultimately these are open-ended paintings, inviting a purely aesthetic experience.  To marvel at the craft and process, to wonder at the transitions from glossy pools and ridges of iridescence to the oxidized, craggy peaks.  These contrast with the extremely flat color panels.  It is hard to not associate Dale’s youth in the Midwest with the enduring flatness of these panels.  A meditation on the vast horizon. 

And though Lindman’s abstractions have an etherealness about them, they are constructed objects. Wooden panels bound into rectangles and more recently, circles.  Lindman works with dry pigment, and mixes his own color, giving him full control of his tonal values and control to experiment with chemical processes.  The appearance seems like the result of a natural oxidation, and yet, this is belied by the overall perfection and balance of the elements. It is within the realm of a highly controlled and natural environment that Lindman captures our curiosity and invites a moment of respite. 


Featured Art: Dale Lindman, Before the Wind #1, 2019, acrylic emulsions, dry pigments, glass microbeads, iron filings on two wood panels, 48 inches in diameter; Image: Courtesy of the artist.

More about the artist

Dale’s work is included in many prominent private and public collections including; the Microsoft Corporation, Neiman – Marcus Corporate Headquarters in Dallas, TX, Nordstrom Corporation, Boeing Corporate Headquarters in Chicago, Il, Safeco Insurance, Seattle’s Swedish Hospital and Polyclinic in Seattle, WA. Dale’s work has been reviewed in Art News and in several of Seattle’s local papers, and his work has been featured in Southern Accents and Seattle Homes magazines and in two full-length films. 

Dale has been teaching at Bellevue College for the past thirty years. As a professor in the Art department, Dale teaches oil painting, drawing, and design. In 2022 he received the Bellevue College Foundation Excellence Award for Outstanding Full-Time faculty.

Link to the artists website:  Dale Lindman Portfolios

365 days of art, craft, & design

See all of our exhibitions for free year-round

Become a member
BAM Hours

BAM Hours of Operation.

Museum Hours:
Mondays & Tuesdays: Closed
Wednesdays – Sundays: 11am – 5pm