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Forms of Influence

David Ligare
Exhibition dates
January 25 - May 4, 2024

Enjoy this selection of Paintings and Drawings appearing in David's show at the Bakersfield Museum of Art along with the brochure and essay for the show found below.  Additional work can be viewed in person from January 25th thru May 4th, 2024 at the Museum.

*Cover image courtesy of the Monterey Museum of Art

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"To paint simply (as simple as a minimalist) an evocation of the view - the thing we see - that it be given some equivalent power by way of a poetry of light and scale. That the painting becomes a thing that, like the seascape itself, cannot be adequately translated into something else. It is an experience unto itself - an equivalent."
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David Ligare

When I began my project more than 30 years ago I decided that there would be three basic components to my work; Figures, landscapes and still lifes. For me the pastoral landscapes of our region of California have been useful as stages for ideas. Indeed, the 'pastoral mode' as it's called is essentially a contemplation of mortality. The classical approach to landscape requires an underlying structure (implying the inter-relatedness of all things) as well as an elegiac approach to the wonders of nature and the beauty of light. The landscape of California like the landscape of Italy is a dream made real.