David Ligare is one of California’s most preeminent contemporary realist painters. His work is celebrated for its delicate luminescence and heightened attention to detail in his depictions of nature. He describes himself as a neo-classic artist, saying, “I believe in the value of recognizing the integrity of the thing seen, that is, in representing every element of nature as carefully and reverently as I can.”
This Monterey Now exhibition will center on the artist’s large-scale panoramic work depicting three of Monterey’s geographical highlights: its major river, mountain, and the ocean. These new works, created especially for the exhibition, will be displayed in a contemplative setting to highlight their historical and cultural significance and to emphasize their spiritual impact. The exhibition will also include a selection of his small scale preparatory studies.
In conjunction with his exhibition, Monterey Now: David Ligare, River/Mountain/Sea, the artist will present a free lecture titled “Scenic Philosophy: The Landscape of Monterey County” at the Carmel Women’s Club, 9th and San Carlos in Carmel. The event will take place on Sunday, November 24 at 3 pm. Admission is free.
Image: David Ligare, River, 2012, oil on panel, courtesy of the artist ©David Ligare, 2012