David Ligare’s paintings of figures, landscapes, architectural subjects and still lifes are permeated by the lessons of antiquity. These exquisitely executed works of art are also decidedly contemporary, promoting Classical ideals as relevant to modern life and featuring California light and land. Setting subjects within the specifics of California – and the Monterey Peninsula region in particular – he bathes them in the pure and wondrous light of the coast. Such a beautiful locale provides a convincingly glorious backdrop for subjects that are richly layered, broadly universal and even conceptual. This publication, David Ligare: California Classicist, released in conjunction with the exhibition organized by the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, evinces Ligare’s admiration for the ancients and his love of California through revelatory essays, a chronology and more than 200 reproductions and photographs
About the Author
Growing up in Southern California, David Ligare (born 1945) developed a vision of light informed by his proximity to the Pacific Ocean. After attending the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, he moved north, for a time living in Big Sur and Santa Barbara. He began to fully embrace Classicism in the late 1970s and, at the same time, relocated permanently to Monterey County, California, where he continues his quest to create evocatively beautiful, classically inspired paintings that transcend time and place.
Sizes: 315 x 280 mm