We are thrilled to honor David Ligare as its featured artist for 2015. Ligare is a California treasure – one of the state’s most prolific and successful artists with more than 40 solo exhibits worldwide to his credit. Ligare will bring is talent and passion to this year’s festival, creating a poster and print especially for this year’s festival.

Ligare is particularly interested in making what he calls “the literate picture” but it might also be called the cinematic picture because of his frequent use of historical narrative and dramatic compositions. One of his large “Thrown Drapery” paintings was featured prominently in the 1985 film “Compromising Positions” which might have, in turn, influenced the later iconic image of the white plastic bag floating in a blue sky in “American Beauty”.

About the Artist

David Ligare has had over forty solo exhibitions in New York, London, Rome, Los Angeles, San Francisco and elsewhere. The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento is currently showing a retrospective of Ligare’s work that will travel to three other museums. The Crocker has published a large-format book entitled David Ligare: California Classicist.

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