A New Hope!

Art Lovers,

2021 has the feeling of new hope!
More and more people are getting vaccinated and from what I hear the roaring 20’s are going to return. The art here at the DLG has been flying out the door this year I can tell you that for sure. People are really collecting art now more than ever.

We had had an amazing January and it seemed like every time it wasn’t snowing in February people would hurry in and get some art for themselves. March has been as good as January and that’s saying something. Looking forward to a banner year for helping art collectors acquire much needed quality of life help with their art collections!

Something about 2021 has me buying quite a bit of art to offer to you fine art collectors! I recently acquired over 30 Peter Mars originals. Peter Mars was how I got started in the art business. I walked into his now closed gallery in 1989 and purchased a Mars, Howard Finster and Ken Brown. Pop and Folk Art make a great combo. I added contemporary art to the mix from the very beginning when I opened the DLG in April 1992. Wow I guess next month is the 29 year anniversary show!

I Love Pop Art and Peter Mars is an absolute expert artist with over 35 years of art collectors wanting his pieces. I’m adding this collectioin to my website and feel free to contact me for more info.

This year I also acquired a collection of 125 Matt Lamb works on paper.
Many of these and others I own by Matt Lamb are double sided. Not one to waste Matt Lamb made art on both sides. I’ve begun matting and framing a series of “Double Sided Double Drawings”. They look amazing! Truly Matt Lamb would Love it. It’s in keeping with my idea that you should collect several pieces of art from several different different artists and when you put them together you have a art collection. Having 4 pieces of art in a double sided frame is a great way to acomplish that. Having an Internationally exhibited and accomplished artist such as Matt Lamb in your collection is an awesome feeling.

Donald Topp, Chris Peldo, Marc Hauser, Pam Dietrich, Paul Kostabi and Peter Hurley have all found new art collectors for their amazing art works.

The average one bedroom apartment needs 21 pieces of art if you want it to look smoking! The good news is that I’ve done the heavy lifting for you as all of the artists at the DLG look great together.

The DLG is mask mandatory and we have spray-on hand sanitizer.

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

I know how important it is to have fantastic original art in your home. Right about now all of you are realizing that too.

I can turn you into an important art collector in 15 minutes if you’re up for the challenge.

The new David Leonardis Galleries website is awesome and now almost fully e-commerce capable. Just hover over the title and price and you can automatically pay using your card with Square.

We are continuously updating it and adding new art works and information for your consideration.

We are also excited to announce that David Leonardis Gallery is now on artsy.net/david-leonardis-gallery.

Check us out on this exciting internationally relevant arts platform. The super cool part is the art we carry on Artsy is more expensive. So all the art at the DLG just went up in value. 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 who’s job is to raise the prices well then there’s nothing wrong with that”!

So start browsing and keep on buying!

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

Very simply, here at the DLG I welcome each guest to the gallery and explain the art presented. Then I enlighten the viewers to the concept that ART:
  • builds cognitive development
  • increases empathy
  • has health benefits
  • social benefits
  • identity benefits
  • of course it’s valuable!
The main thing is it’s going to distract your brain and no matter how smart you are or how good you are at what you do you’ll do it better with original 2D Art in your life. It’s true and it works. People are always thanking me for the fantastic effect the art I help them collect has in their lives.
I’m looking forward to an art collector filled year and I will continue to help fantastic art collecting folks with art from the DLG collection, which includes Donald Topp, Matt Lamb, Indrek Paul Kostabi, Matt Geer, Maximilian, Ron English, Giancarlo Montuschi, Marc Hauser, Howard Finster, Peter Hurley, Chris Peldo, Shane Swank, Peter Mars, 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, Karl Wirsum, Tom Billings, Pamela Dietrich, Aly Jados, 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. I love Pop Art for the way it makes me feel good. It’s direct and happy and familiar.
  • 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.
I recommend people have several pieces of art from a variety of different artists and now they have a well rounded art collection.
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 have placed 617 Donald Topp art works in the hands of collectors in 5 years, 8 months and 25 days. It comes to one Donald Topp sold every 2.75 days for the entire time when I’m in town. Or 1 every 3 days for the whole time. Princess Tiana is Topp’s newest piece. She’s beautiful and will be a giant hit! The thing about Donald Topp is he’s constantly coming up with fantastic imagery and subject matter. 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:
This year has yielded so incredibly much progress. Last trip we got the Vision House guest suite bathroom 2/3rd of the way in. The shower is going in and it will be the dawn of a new era at the HFVHM. Plenty more to do but this is the type of major step that is needed to bring this project closer to it’s fruition.
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.
David Leonardis Galleries
1346 N. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60622
Howard Finster Vision House Museum &
David Leonardis Gallery Georgia
177 & 197 Greeson St.
Summerville, GA 30747