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David Leggett

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Unforgivable Blackness, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas © David Leggett
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Give My Chest Hairs A Perm, 2010 Acrylic, Photocopy Transfer, Felt and Googly Eyes on Linen 12 X 15 in © Courtesy of the artist and 65GRAND
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Chocolate Rainbow Connection, 2010 Acrylic, Silver Leaf, and Felt on Canvas 26" in Circumference © David Leggett
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Uncle John, 2010 Gold Leaf and Wood Lettering on Canvas 26" in Circumference © David Leggett
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Snowball, 2010 Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Canvas 10"x11" © David Leggett
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Blowing Purple Stuff, 2010 Acylic, Felt, Pom Poms, Wiggle Eyes, and Rhinestones on Canvas 17"x18" © David Leggett
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Darkness, 2011 Felt and Wiggle Eyes Mounted on Canvas 8"x10" © David Leggett
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A Natural Death , 2012 Acrylic and Found Object on Canvas 66" X 54" © Courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions
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Lick, 2010 Ink on Paper 11 X 8 1/2 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Hyde Park Art Center
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Untitled , 2012 Oil on Canvas © Courtesy of the artist and Hinge Gallery
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© Courtesy of the artist and 65GRAND
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Springfield, MA
Birth year
1980
Lives in
Chicago
Works in
Chicago
Schools
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2010
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Savannah College of Art and Design
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.