Red Hot July Group Show

Art Lovers,

It’s going to be a Red Hot July and nothing goes better with air conditioning and staying inside than a fantastic art collection!
The DLG is mask mandatory and we have spray-on hand sanitizer.  It’s been a pretty quick adjustment but I’ve noticed that people are coming in because they’re hungry for art. They have to have it. 
We’re not really having gallery receptions per se 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 during your staycation.
If you’re fortunate enough to have job security and/or be financially comfortable enough in a position to do so, this is a fantastic time to support a small business and get the fantastic art that you know will look great in your house!
Its been great to be able to put in a lot of good physical labor and work on my Howard Finster Vision House Museum Campus this year, and there’s quite a bit more to be done!
I am also quite proud to announce that the David Leonardis Gallery Georgia (DLGG) is now open by appointment. I have a fantastic installation of 26 Donald Topp’s with a deep collection of contemporary pop, folk art and photography all available for your art collecting needs.  Art work by Howard Finster, Donald Topp, Matt Lamb, Peter Hurley, Matt Geer, Chris Peldo, Peter Mars, Marc Hauser, Nat Finkelstein, Andy Kane, Nancy Ferrara and David Leonardis.
It was recently amazing to get a call from 2 Chicago art dealers driving by the Museum, and when they stopped in and collected 3 framed in wood burn molding Howard Finster serigraphs, I knew Howard was smiling.
Check out these amazing pics of the new roof on the DLGG.
Especially in times like these I know how important it is to have fantastic original art in your home. Right about now all of you are realizing that too!

The new David Leonardis Galleries website is awesome!
We are continuously updating it and adding new art works and information for your consideration.

The DLG is now almost fully e-commerce capable. Just hover over the title and price and you can automatically pay using your card with Square or Google Pay. 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 recently placed our 547th Donald Topp in a Happy Collectors home in 5 years, 2 months and 10 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:
My recent road trip to the HFVHM with my collector Joey was very productive. Clearing a portion of the fence, the signs, the path, a coat of paint on the future Air B&B room, and a ton of Art brought down to the vision house to install for the permanent collection, and art for the D L G studio house. Albeit my entire right arm was swollen from ant bites while picking up bricks yesterday, an incredible amount of progress and a fantastic trip to the Howard Finster Vision House Museum campus!
David Lassetter our Stone Layer/Tomahawk Man installed a 1000 or more brick path connecting Howard Finster and his Grandson Allen Wilson’s paths on the HFVHM Campus. A major effort that makes the land a more friendly and accessible environment. We moved the bricks from an adjoining piece of land on the Museum Campus in perfect Howard Finster repurposing fashion. I’m sure Howard is smiling about this right now!
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
177 Greeson St.
Summerville, GA 30747