29 years ago I opened the DLG
with the simple idea of helping people to collect art

Art Lovers,

Fall rolled in unexpectedly and now you can stay warm with our “Red Hot Art”!

October 1, 1991 I moved on to Paulina Street to open the David Leonardis Gallery and help people to collect art. I already had a nack for it and had been selling art since early 1990. I realized early on that having a lot of art around had a magical effect on me and the people around me. Now in my 30th year “selling the happy fun art to the cool people from Paulina St.” I realize it’s been working.

Everyone for 29 years still tells me the wonderful effects the art they collected from me had on them and their lives. That’s why I do this. I get a kick out of that. I’m happy to help.

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.

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!

I can turn you into an important art collector in 15 minutes if you’re up for the challenge. **Spoiler Alert** The winner of the challenge is you!

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.

We are also excited to announce that David Leonardis Gallery is now on Artsy.net.  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