Dennis Hare


Dennis Hare
Back Alley
Oil on canvas, 2011
20 x 20 inches
Courtesy of the artist
Value: $7,000
But it Now: $3,500

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Following in the tradition of the Bay Area Figurative movement, Dennis Hare uses paints, tar, emulsions, lacquers, collaged print fragments, and various discarded objects to create a unique fusion of representational and abstract. Hare was a professional athlete who took up art after a single look at a Van Gogh painting, and is self-taught. He had his first major retrospective exhibition at the Bakersfield Museum of Art in 2015.

More than merely painting canvases, Hare builds them—and the process is a highly physical one. He refers to the work as “wabi-sabi,” a Japanese world-view and aesthetic based on the idea that nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. The textures of Back Alley and other recent works suggest old, distressed wall surfaces.

Selected collections
Oakland Museum of California
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
Laguna Art Museum
Bakersfield Museum of Art

Selected exhibitions
Dennis Hare: Without Restraint, solo exhibition, Bakersfield Museum of Art, 2015
Legacy in Continuum: Bay Area Figuration, Bakersfield Museum of Art, 2012
Solo exhibition, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, 2005


Works can be viewed and purchased in person at Laguna Art Museum on Sunday, February 5, or by appointment from Monday, February 6, through Sunday, February 12 (the museum is closed Wednesday, February 8).

For questions and more information, please email Sarah Strozza or call 949.494.8971 x219.