Lois Dodd was born in Montclair, NJ in 1927 and first studied art and textile design while attending Cooper Union from 1945 to 1948.
Dodd, along with a small group of other artists, established the legendary Tanager Gallery in 1952. The gallery became a place where many young artists first found a platform for their work. She exhibited her paintings at the Tanager for ten years, and later went on to teach at Brooklyn College from 1971 to 1992.
Dodd’s dedication to pursuing her own vision has consistently defied categorization. She is known for the careful simplicity of her paintings, that illustrate her attentiveness to, and appreciation for, the scenes she encounters in her immediate environment. In much of her work we see the view out the window of her Lower East Side apartment. Windows, flowers, gardens, and clotheslines are of a particular fascination to Dodd, and she is celebrated for her ability to capture the complexity of these everyday subjects.