Tuesday, June 28, 2011

David Ligare

David Ligare
California painter David Ligare describes himself as a “Post-Modern, Neo-Classical American Artist” (I love that term, “Post-Modern”), and draws much of his inspiration from Classical Greek culture, rather than from the Renaissance based revival of those cultural influences.

You can see that influence in his landscapes and figurative work. I’m particularly fascinated by his beautiful still life paintings, in which the arrangements are set up in an outdoor box, a kind of polar opposite of a traditional still life “shadow box”, and painted as bathed in brilliant California sunlight.

There is a gallery of work on his website, along with an essay on his influences and approach, and a brief interview.

Ligare received his formal training at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and his work is in the collections of a number of museums, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Department of Drawings and Prints at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the De young Museum in San Francisco and the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, CT.

There is an essay on Ligare by curator Patricia Junker on TFAOI and an informative post on eklektx.

In addition to the gallery on his website, you can get a quick overview of his work in posts on Best Bookmarks and BOOOOOOOOM!

5 thoughts on “David Ligare

  1. Rohan Patel

    Hi David

    amazing painting. very impressed. good on you. i am from new zealand and wanted to know which paint do you use and if you tell me brand as well. just curious to know

    thanks
    rohan

  2. Valentino

    I liked the “voice” (I don’t like the word “style” in this context) of David Ligare ever since I first saw his paintings in a magazine years ago.
    However, it seems to me that his forte are landscapes and the images of inanimate objects. Whenever he tries to paint live flesh in movement, the paintings appear less convincing (no matter how well he renders figures or animals).

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