Art Lovers,

2021 has been a big art-buying year over here at the DLG, aka Wicker Park’s OG art gallery, ranging from rad Pop Art by the internationally-renowned Peter Mars, Donald Topp and local artist Chris Peldo, to Folk Art by the super-power holder The Reverend Howard Finster, and can’t forget the classic works by contemporary artist Matt Lamb and oil painter Peter Hurley. For the full list of mind-blowing artists available, see here.

Lucky for you, all featured artists blend well together and make for a full collection, whether you are a seasoned collector or interested in diving into the scene and reaping all of the cognitive and investment benefits (and coolness).

If it’s been a while since you popped in, come on down to see what’s new! We now have over 125 works on paper by renowned contemporary artist Matt Lamb, including a sweet series of “Double Sided Double Drawings,” – More bang for your buck here!!

A friendly reminder; The average one-bedroom apartment requires 21 pieces of art to fully activate all of your senses!

So, we’re not really having gallery receptions yet per se, but you’re more than welcome to come on in and have a socially distant viewing of the DLG over a couple PBRs or red wine and pick-up some fresh art for your new or growing collection.

At the DLG we are driven by making cool art affordable to all levels of art collectors and offer payment plans and other perks to make sure that if you love the art, it’s yours!

And on a personal note;
It’s amazing to think that I have been selling art on the same block here on Paulina St. since October 1991. It’s now my 30th year providing happy fun art to the cool people of Chicago – truly my privilege. TYVM to all that have helped me accomplish this life-long mission!

I always say, “The collector should only buy the art if they love it. However, if they’re buying it from a savvy art dealer whose job is to raise the prices… Well then, there’s nothing wrong with that!”

Also exciting – The DLG website is now e-commerce capable and we’re on, offering the ability to browse and build your collection from your phone!

Stay safe!

Yours in Art!
My very best,
David Leonardis

Donald Topps Princess Tiana and Elsa

Matt Lamb

The museums, located in various corners of the world, dedicated to this great American painter stand as testament to his influence as an artist and as a human being. Born in Chicago in 1932. Matt Lamb dedicated the last half of his life to using art to spread his message of peace, tolerance, hope, communication, and love among human kind. When you own the art of Matt Lamb you not only own great art, you own a significant part of the global effort to bring peace to humankind which is a big deal in and of itself. 

Happy Art Buyers

Mainly, art is a tool to distract the brain, showing beneficial outcomes by;

  • Building cognitive development
  • Increasing empathy
  • Physical health benefits
  • Social benefits
  • Forming identity benefits
  • of course, it’s investment value

It’s been an art collector filled year and continue to help art collecting folks with art from my DLG collection, which includes Donald Topp, Matt Lamb, Indrek Paul Kostabi, Peter Mars, Matt Geer, Maximilian, Ron English, Giancarlo Montuschi, Marc Hauser, Howard Finster, Peter Hurley, Chris Peldo, Shane Swank, Jay Steensma, Bruce Bitmead, Kristen Thiele, Mark Kostabi, Bruce Lehto, Marcello Eli, Christopher Makos, Patrick McMullan, John Airo, Andy Kane, Bobby Talamine, Rita Leonardis, David Leonardis, Ben Laskov, Tristan Meinecke, Larry Singer, Tom Billings, Pamela Dietrich, Tara Zanzig and others.

As an Art Dealer and Gallery Owner for 30 years, I have always known the importance of having a balanced art collection. Direct, feel-good, Pop Art is personally my favorite style of art, as it may be obvious through my collection, among the other styles of art, including:

  • Contemporary Art has a broader scope and can activate a variety of different emotions in different people.
  • Folk Art is enjoyed, in part, for it’s simplicity and honesty of the untrained artist’s creation.
  • Photography is a snapshot of a moment in time that people want to relive for the way it makes them feel.

More and more people are finding that “Collecting art as a lifestyle choice” has incredible benefits. I’ve helped thousands of people begin or enhance their art collections.

If you could use some help too, stop on in or give me a call! As always, I offer delivery and installation in Chicago with all of the art here. I will come to your home or office, and put my art art in the best spot!

We recently placed our 709th Donald Topp in a happy collector’s home since January 15th, 2015. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent are Topp’s latest pieces to add to the collection. His execution is flawless and, his Icon Prints and Cartoon Tattoo Hipster Girls are constantly connecting with people from all walks of life and all over the world. I’ve sold Topp’s that have gone to Australia, England, Germany, Japan, British Columbia and Dubai. A few more Countries and Continents to go but I’m up for the challenge!

Howard Finster Vision House Museum update:

The June and July trips to the HFVHM this year were a whirlwind of progress.

We have an excellent yard man, Mr. Perez and the Museum campus is looking great.
We installed the kitchen sink in the guest suite and replaced the floors in the front apartment. The front gallery room of the HFVHM is next. We cleared an area for dedicated parking in July and tore down our famous 1/2 of a house and prepped that land for a upcoming survey we’ll be ordering for the 6 properties that make up the Howard Finster Vision House Museum Campus.

Every upgrade is always needed and appreciated. I constantly strive for “Discernible Progress”.
The HFVHM has been a 15 year labor of love and it’s beyond satisfying to see the fruits of my labor come together. Looking forward to having some guests to our AIR B&B later this year.

Now more than ever I’m absolutely serious about building a new Contemporary Art Museum that will feature my Art Collection, which I have amassed over 30 years. After the Museum is built and filled with my Art Collection, then I’ll move forward with reaching out to my collectors who might want to donate art to the Museum Collection. Then, I’ll concentrate on raising money to build a very extensive library of Art by the Great Artist Masters. I have an architect, I’m ordering the survey, I own the land outright, the new sketched layout we are 3D modeling is coming out amazing and I’m going to march forward towards that end result until I get there. Simple as that. 10% Inspiration and 90% Perspiration.

I personally think more people should buy land and art, and build an art museum with a 100 year plan to keep it open. I’m a put my money where my mouth is kind of guy and so that’s exactly what I’m doing. Thank you to all my fantastic Art Collectors who have helped me make this possible!

The thing is that I get a real sense of satisfaction honoring my old friend Howard Finster with a Museum filled with art in his original home and entrance to the Paradise Gardens. The least I could do really. I wouldn’t be an art dealer if it weren’t for Howard and for that I am most grateful.

It would be a major step forward, and we are still working to find a solution for, is the partially uncovered Howard Finster original mural on the back of the Vision House that was painted over before I bought the house. I am currently exploring options to remove the latex paint which is over the original mural painted in tractor enamel. Anyone who is interested in helping restore this lost treasure is invited to contact me. Your help is greatly appreciated.

I’ve been seriously collecting art since 1989 and I Love the way it makes me look at everything I do in life differently and encourage you to do the same.

With all of that said, please remember that nothing makes you feel quite like building your art collection. I can help you out with that!
Have an art filled day.

Howard Finster Vision House Museum &
David Leonardis Gallery Georgia
177 & 197 Greeson St.
Summerville, GA 30747