David Ligare: California Classicist

February 13, 2016 - May 08, 2016
Virginia and Alfred Kennedy, Philip Henry Alston Jr. and Lamar Dodd Galleries

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, organized by the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA. 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.

In-House Curator

Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art


Mr. Alan F. Rothschild Jr. through the Fort Trustee Fund, Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art