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David Leggett

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Birthplace
Springfield, MA

Birth year
1980

Lives in
Chicago

Works in
Chicago

Website

Schools
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2010
The Savannah College of Art and Design, 2003, BFA
Cal State, Hayward

Tags
mixed-media, pop

Statement

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:

Apr, 2014 Going to Bed Angry
65GRAND
 
Jul, 2013 Thru-Lines
65GRAND
 
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
 
May, 2012 DAVID LEGGETT New Paintings
Hinge Gallery
 
Click here to see all exhibits for David Leggett
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