David Leggett

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Invited to the cookout , 2017 Acrylic, Spray Paint, Oil Bars, And Collage On Canvas 84"X84" © David Leggett
Boys Don't Cry, 2017 Acrylic And Felt On Canvas 60"X60" © David Leggett
Western beauty standards (I once was kind of abstract), 2017 Acrylic, Collage, And Felt On Canvas 20"X20" © David Leggett
Molly Percocet., 2017 Dye, Acrylic, And Felt On Canvas 16"X16" © David Leggett
Diamond in the back. Good job young man. Acrylic, Oil Bar, Felt, And Collage Of Canvas 40"X80" © David Leggett
Lurking, 2018 Acrylic And Felt Of Canvas 30"X30" © David Leggett
Put paws on them. They are really reaching here., 2018 Acrylic, Airbrush, And Collage On Canvas 40"X40" © David Leggett
Quick Facts
Springfield, MA
Birth year
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2010
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2007, MFA
Savannah College of Art and Design, 2003, BFA
Representing galleries
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.

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