David Ligare: California Classicist
JUNE 7 – SEPTEMBER 20, 2015
A self-proclaimed Classicist, David Ligare (born 1945) creates perfectly ordered still life, landscape, architectural, and figurative paintings that occupy their own poetic world. The complete range of his subject matter is represented here in this retrospective exhibition of nearly 80 works. Although often grouped with California's Photorealists, the very unreality of Ligare's paintings and his underlying interest in antiquity belie such a label, and the perfection of his unblemished subjects and hyper-purity of his paint application seem more unearthly than real. In achieving these qualities, Ligare looks to the ancients for guidance and references the formal relationships found in Classical sculpture and architecture. And yet, his paintings are firmly based in the specifics of California—and the Monterey region in particular, allowing Ligare to create art that is richly layered, broadly universal, and yet specifically of our time and place.
Exhibition support provided by Kay and Jean Rigg and Clay Tedeschi.
Image credit: David Ligare (American, born 1945), Penelope, 1980. Oil on canvas, 40 x 48 inches. Crocker Art Museum, promised gift of the Artist and Gary Smith.
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