Valerie Dillon was born in Zimbabwe, Africa. She came to the United States in 1983 to finish her studies in piano performance at American University in Washington, DC. After graduate studies in 1987, she began working as an art consultant for Edward Nakhamkin Galleries in Los Angeles dealing in non-conformist art from the Soviet Union. Following Nakhamkin, Valerie Dillon relocated to New York City in 1991 to specialize in 20th century master graphics.
In 1994 Ms. Dillon established Dillon Gallery in Soho with a concentration in contemporary Nihonga painters from Japan. She has continued to develop this program and now represents the most influential artists working in this genre, while continuing to identify and establish the next generation of artists with a global impact.
Dillon Gallery relocated to Chelsea and now occupies a 5,000 square foot converted 19th century warehouse on 25th street. It was here that Ms. Dillon began shifting her focus from primarily visual artists to her exploration of multimedia disciplines not usually associated with a traditional art gallery. In 2006 the gallery presented “Painted Music” a series combining technology with painting and music. This shift gave rise to the current group of artists represented by the gallery. Dillon Gallery is a pioneer in the art of scent with its 2012 ground breaking solo exhibition by Christophe Laudamiel dedicated exclusively to scent. Ms. Dillon’s early interest in the performing arts continued with many parallel presentations of art, music, and interactive exhibitions. Dillon Gallery has committed to sponsoring and championing collaborative performance pieces and interactive exhibitions dealing with the intersection of the visual arts and performing arts such as “Listen Quiet,” “The Armchair Parade,” “Osmeos,” and “Blackship Moments.”
The gallery continued its shift towards its current focus by partnering with chamber ensembles (Chelsea Music Festival and Decoda), new music presentations (Vision into Art and Original Music Workshop), and alternative installations and performance pieces. The gallery is dedicated to showcasing and premiering works that reach far beyond the traditional boundaries of an art gallery.
In addition to many globally recognized artists the gallery represents:
The gallery has embraced the current shifting paradigms of the art world and recognizes that the previous divisions inherent in the traditional contemporary gallery model, no longer suit the cross disciplinarian interest of the contemporary artist. Dillon Gallery is reshaping the way artists across disciplines are being represented, and redefines the role between artists the galleries.