David Leggett was born in 1980 in Springfield, MA. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received his BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design (2003), a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). He attended the Joan Mitchell Artist Residency in New Orleans (2018). He ran a daily drawing blog Coco River Fudge Street that started in 2010 and ended in 2016. He has shown his work throughout the United States and internationally, including recent shows at Kimmerich Gallery, Berlin (2017) ; Shane Compbell Gallery, Chicago (2017); Various Small Fires Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2018) and Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago (2012).
2010 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine
2007 Masters of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2003 Bachelors of Fine Arts. Savannah College of Art and Design
AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
2018 Joan Mitchell Center Residency. 3Arts Fellow. New Orleans, Louisiana
2014-15 University of Chicago, Arts and Public Life, Artist in Residence
2013 Robert Rauschenberg Residency. 3Arts Fellow. Captiva, Florida.
Maker Grant Runner-Up. Chicago Illinois
2010 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Fellowship Award. Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
The Drawing Center Viewing Program
2009 3Arts. Visual Artist Award. Chicago, Illinois
2005-07 Trustee Scholarship. School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2005 Fellowship Award. School of the Art Institute
2000-03 Merit Scholarship. Savannah College of Art and Design
2017 Asking for a friend. Kimmerich Gallery. Berlin, Germany
Drawing Show. Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
Their funeral, our dance floor. Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
2016 Black Drawls. Gallery 400, Chicago, Illinois
2015 Sugar foot rain dance. Arts Incubator in Washington Park, Chicago, IL
2014 Going to bed angry. 65 Grand Gallery. Chicago, IL
2012 Coco River Fudge Street. Hyde Park Art Center. Chicago, IL
It’s getting to the point where nobody respects the dead. Fresh to death. Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
David Leggett New Paintings. Hinge Gallery. Chicago, IL
2010 Up for the Down Stroke. 65 Grand Gallery. Chicago, IL
2020 Group show, with Rushern Baker IV, David Leggett and Kathia St. Hilaire, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg
Blackstract, Tag Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Eleven Figures in Two Parts, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2019 Depiction, Again, Kunstverein Gallery, Lagenhagen, Germany
Island, Ramp Gallery, London, UK
The Flat Files, The Pit, Glendale, CA
Somebody Told Me You People Were Crazy. Hathaway Gallery. Atlanta, GA
2018 Mixed Emotions: David Leggett and Ryan Richey. Various Small Fires Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
Above The Rim. Contemporary Art Museum. Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Unseen. James Fuentes Gallery. New York, NY
Cosmic Traffic Jam. Zevitas Marcus Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
Hand-Eye Coordination: Sports and Art, curated by Abraham Ritchie. Western Exhibitions. Chicago, IL
2017 Figured Out! Andrew Rafacz Gallery. Chicago, Illinois. Council. Andrew Rafacz Gallery. Chicago, IL
2016 Alex Becerra, David Leggett, William J. O’Brien. Kimmerich. Berlin, Germany
Death: A Summer Show. Trestle Projects. Brooklyn, NY
Chicago and Vicinity. Shane Campbell Gallery. Chicago, IL
2015 Three the hard way. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. University of Chicago. Chicago, IL
2014 Ducks. Greenpoint Terminal Gallery. Brooklyn, NY
Now Chicago! The Hughes Gallery. Sydney, Australia
Poems in a Room. Magic Pictures. Philadelphia, PA
2013 Recess. South Side Community Art Center. Chicago, IL
Thru-Lines. 65 Grand Gallery. Chicago, IL
Whisper Down the Lane. Gallery 400. Chicago, IL
(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man. Tracy Williams Ltd. New York, NY
Squirts: April Childers, David Leggett, Max Maslansky. Regina Rex. Queens, NY.
2012 Romancing the Tone. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Pittsburgh, PA
Afterimage. DePaul Art Museum. Chicago, IL
Where My Clone At? Double Break. San Diego, CA
Where My Clone At? 2 POVevolving Fine Art Printing Studio. Los Angeles, CA
Blaque Lyte. ADA Gallery. Richmond, VA
2011 Museum as Hub: Alpha’s bet is not over yet! The New Museum of Contemporary Art. New York, NY
Kodra 11 Contemporary Art Festival. Thessaloniki, Greece
Is this thing on? Cobalt Studio. Chicago, IL
People Don’t Like to Read Art. Western Exhibitions. Chicago, IL
The MDW Fair. The Geolofts. Chicago, IL
West, Wester, Westest Pt. 2. Fecal Face Dot Gallery. San Francisco, CA
Futuro Perfecto. Zora Space. Brooklyn, New York.
Drop it like it’s not. Murder Town Gallery. Chicago, IL
Psycha-Bobble. High Concept Laboratories. Chicago, IL
Skowhegan Alumni Exhibition. 92Y Tribeca. New York, NY
Heads on Poles. Western Exhibitions. Chicago, IL
2010 Ah, Wilderness! Ebermoore Gallery. Chicago, IL
SK10-New works from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Class of 2010.
Tompkins Projects. Brooklyn, NY
2008 Disinhibition: Black Art Blue Humor. Hyde Park Art Center. Chicago, IL
Re:visions. Zolla Lieberman Gallery. Chicago, IL
Brown – Moreira, Caira, “Transcendent Humor: A Review of David Leggett at Shane Campbell Gallery”, New City Art.
Feaster, Felicia, “Artist lends irreverent touch to Hathaway group show”, The Atlanta Journal-
Caldwell, C. Ellen, “Detouring Through Art, History & In Cosmic Traffic Jam”, Riot Material.
Nimptsch, Emily, “David Leggett and Ryan Richey: Mixed Emotions”, Riot Material.
Dambrot, NYS Shana, “Get Caught in a Cosmic Traffic Jam in Culver City”, LA Weekly.
New American Painting 131 midwest edition.
Cardoza, Kerry, “David Leggett has the last laugh”, Chicago Reader.
J. Patrick Carney, Sean, “ First Look”, Art in America.
Cardoza, Kerry, “ Tough Love with a Glint of Humor”, Newcity Art.
Sargent, Antwaun, “An exhibit takes aim at art history, race, and Drake”, The Creators Project, Vice.
Berlant, Lauren, “Comedy is a great way to break the news: A conversation with David Leggett”,
Petty, Felix, “David Leggett is the dark, comic art star of underground Chicago”, i-D, Vice. Sierzputowski, Kate, “David Leggett’s User Generated Satire”, Inside/Within.
2015 Ungur, Laura, “Dry Magazine Artist Interview”, Dry Magazine.
2014 Forrest, Nicholas, “Now Chicago!” at The Hughes Gallery, Sydney,” Blouin Artinfo.
Ise, Claudine, “A New style of art communication,” The Chicago Tribune.
Eler, Alicia, “A Midsummer Group Show Dream,” Hyperallergic.
Perry, Eve, “Not Taking the 1990’s Very Seriously,” Hyperallergic.
Scott, Andrea, “(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man,” The New Yorker.
Langbein, Julia, “Critic’s Pick: ‘After Image’ at DePaul University Museum,” ArtForum.
Jackson, Danielle, “Cotton Candy Sweet as Gold: A Conversation with David Leggett,” Sixty Inches From Center.
Yeapanis, Stacia, “Other Peoples Pixels Interviews David Leggett,” Other Peoples Pixels Blog. Bellware, Kimberly, “Coco River Fudge Street,” The Chicagoist.
Ritchie, Abraham, “It’s getting to the point where nobody respects the dead. Fresh to death at Western Exhibitions, Now That’s Fresh,” Art Slant.
Ritchie, Abraham,“Coco River Fudge Street,” Flavorpill.
Ritchie, Abraham, “Rackroom Interview,” Art Slant.
Glass, Claire, “Portrait of the Artist: David Leggett,” Newcity Art.
Beautiful/Decay Book: 7, Class Clowns.
Weinberg, Lauren, “People Don’t Like To Read Art’ at Western Exhibitions
Ritchie, Abraham, “People Don’t Like to Read Art at Western Exhibitions,” Art Slant.
Ritchie, Abraham, “Heads on Poles at Western Exhibitions,” Art Slant.
“Interview: David Leggett,” Black Visual Archive.
Ritchie, Abraham, “Chicago’s Best of 2010 Pick: ‘Up for the Down Stroke’ at 65 Grand,” Art Slant.
Schmidt, Shannon, “David Leggett at 65GRAND,” Chicago Art Magazine.
“Up for the Down Stroke at 65 Grand Gallery,” Daily Serving.
“Up for the Down Stroke at 65 Grand Gallery,” Beautiful Decay.