Dennis Ashbaugh, American (1946 - )

Dennis Ashbaugh

Dennis John Ashbaugh (born 1946 in Red Oak, Iowa) is an internationally acclaimed American painter and artist who lives and works in New York City.

He was the first artist to employ DNA marking patterns in paintings, in his 1992 work Designer Gene. Ashbaugh’s use of light and color in his large scale paintings of autoradiographs have drawn comparison to Mark Rothko.
He is the longtime companion of author Alexandra Penney and has been characterized by the New York Times as a “charismatic ex‐surfer whose address book can probably hold its own against that of the most aggressive jet set type”.

Ashbaugh moved with his family to Southern California at the age 6, where he learned to surf and lived next door to the now famous Dana Point [surfer] Mafia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree from the University of California. He moved to New York City in 1969 to take up residence near leading artists and began immediately showing his paintings in galleries throughout the city and internationally.

Ashbaugh is currently working on a new series of painting titled “Hiding In Plain Sight”, which focus on privacy issues, ubiquitous surveillance, and genetic databases in the context of 21st century art. Ashbaugh has produced a series of prints and drawings and large group of mosquito trap sculptures, which can be seen at He is working on a book of the same title. These sculptures were the subject of a New Yorker article by Patricia Marx in 2011.


1966 Newport Harbor Art Patron's Award
1975 C.A.P.S.
l976 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship

Selected One-Man Exhibitions

2002 The Ralls Collection, Washington, DC
1998 Galleri Antoinina Zaru, Capri, Italy
1994 Margulies-Taplan Gallery. Miami, FL
1993 The Ralls Collection, Washington, DC
Marisa del Re Gallery, New York, NY
Goode, Crowley Galleru, Houston, TX
1992 The Americas Society, New York, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Mezzanine Gallery, New York, NY
The Kitchen, New York, NY
1991 Margulies-Taplin Gallery, Miami, FL
1990 Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
1989 Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
1984 California State University at Fullerton, CA
1992 Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL
Hokin Gallery Palm Beach, FL
1981 Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami, FL
Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
Knoedler Gallery, I,ondon, England
1980 Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
Jamie C. Lee Gallery Houston, TX
Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami, FL
1979 Gallery Farideh Cadot, Paris, France
Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1977 Alexandria Monett Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY
1976 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Gallery Farideh Cadot, Paris, France
1975 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1973 Tower Gallery, Southhampton, NY
1972 Gallerl Oste~gren, Malmo. Sweden.
1971 Jack Glenn Gallery, Corona del Mar, CA
Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
1970 La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA

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