David Ligare is a brilliant technician and learned painter who brings to classicism a thoroughly modern reverence for nature, social diversity, cultural traditions, and enduring ideals of beauty, knowledge and myth in which reside keys to finding meaning and significance in human life.
Through his masterful integration of eternal ideals and contemporary sensibilities, Ligare's restrained and gracefully balanced imagery resurrects the deep satisfactions that man has always sought and found from aesthetic and spiritual curiosity and craving. Ligare's paintings exist simultaneously at the pinnacle of beautiful painting and the fundament of classical knowledge and eternal truth. They help to satisfy our powerful and consuming historical hunger for connections with the past and the world community of today. Ligare's work inspires as it reminds. In these reverent and meditative paintings there is to be found sources for new meanings and vitality of the human spirit.
David Ligare was born in Oak Park, IL and studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. His paintings are included in numerous permanent collections of prominent institutions, including, among others, the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the de Young Museum, San Francisco; the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT; the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; and the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy. In June 2015, the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA presented the retrospective: David Ligare: California Classicist. This traveling exhibition was accompanied by a major monograph on the artist.