Art Auction 2018 | David Ligare


David Ligare

Magna Fide (The Great Belief)
Etching on paper, artist’s proof, 2014
10 x 13 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Hirschl & Adler Modern
Value: $350
Starting bid: $175

The art of David Ligare is based on the classical principles of beauty and order. He is an idealist rather than a realist, one who seeks originality in our origins rather than our innovations. Believing that art should direct and define culture as it has in the past, he uses the images and narratives of the classical canon – the embodiment of ideals he considers fundamental to Western thought – to enliven the dialogue of contemporary art. Since the late 1970s, Ligare has used his great technical skills and investigation of history to create what he calls “the literate picture.” In defiance of contemporary conventions, he seeks out ancient ideas that inform our modern world and shared humanity.

Ligare grew up in Southern California. He attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and lived in Big Sur and Santa Barbara before settling permanently in Monterey County.

Selected collections

Frye Art Museum, Seattle
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford

Selected exhibitions

David Ligare: Magna Fide (The Great Belief), Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 2017
David Ligare, California Classicist, Laguna Art Museum, 2015-16
The Classical Impulse, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, 1998

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