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David Leggett

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Springfield, MA

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Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2010
The Savannah College of Art and Design, 2003, BFA
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

mixed-media, pop


David Leggett’s ultra-vivid canvases mash-up a love-hate fascination with both machismo in hip-hop culture and the unyielding influence of 1980s German painters in current contemporary painting. No one is sacred in Leggett’s work – from Precious to Rick Ross to Gerhard Richter to the artist himself – his satirical images often punctuated by barbed comedic one-liners, a strategy influenced by the stand-up comedians he listens to in the studio. Leggett's manipulation of cartoon imagery and caricature reveals the influence of Chicago Imagists like Karl Wirsum and Jim Nutt. His use of craft materials, however, complicates his relationship to painting as googly eyes, rhinestones, pom-poms, felt, glitter, gold and silver leaf add a layer of absurdity to Leggett’s reverence for his painting heroes.

Recent Exhibits

David Leggett participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2016 Chicago and Vicinity
Shane Campbell Gallery
Apr, 2014 Going to Bed Angry
Jul, 2013 Thru-Lines
Jul, 2013 Whisper Down the Lane
Gallery 400
Feb, 2013 (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
Tracy Williams, Ltd.
Sep, 2012 Afterimage
DePaul Art Museum
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