Oak Park, Illinois 1945
A painter in oil and watercolor as well as a draughtsman, David Ligare received his art training at the Chouinard Art Institute and at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Ligare selects isolated aspects of the landscape to express universal concepts. The drawings featured in his first solo show in New York were transpositions onto paper of blurred footprints and abstract patterns drawn originally in sand. Resembling two-dimensional earthworks they reflect Ligare's affinity for environmental and process art. Space and time continue to concern Ligare, and in recent paintings of Greek landscapes and architectural fragments, strict compositional arrangements create a dialectic between reality and timelessness.
Virginia M. Mecklenburg Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press for the National Museum of American Art, 1987)