Happy 29th Anniversary!

Art Lovers,

My how time flies when you’re collecting art and helping others to collect art too!
It’s amazing to think that I have been selling art on the same block here on Paulina St. since October 1991. It took a few months to finish the space and I opened officially as the David Leonardis Gallery in April 1992. My 30th year now providing the happy fun art to the cool people. Truly my priviledge. TYVM to all of you who helped make this dream possible!

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.

Something about 2021 has me buying quite a bit of art to offer to you fine art collectors! I recently acquired over 80 Peter Mars originals. Peter Mars was how I got started in the art business. I walked into the now closed Mars Gallery in 1989 and purchased a Peter 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.

I Love Pop Art and Peter Mars is an absolute expert artist with over 35 years of art collectors wanting his pieces. I’ve added quite a bit of this collection 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. We have a fantastic 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 accomplish that. Having an Internationally exhibited and accomplished artist such as Matt Lamb in your collection is an awesome feeling.

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 we 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 art is 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’ts been 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, 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. 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 694th Donald Topp in a Happy Collectors home since January 15th, 2015. Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent are Topp’s newest pieces.  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:

April was my first trip to the HFVHM in 2021. I installed 18 new pieces into the permenant collection and another 18 pieces in the David Leonardis Gallery Georgia.
We have an excellent yard man Mr. Perez and the Museum campus is looking great.
My next trip we’ll be finishing the kitchen in the guest suite, replacing the floors in the front apartment and front gallery room of the HFVHM and clearing an area for dedicated parking. We’ll also be tearing down our famous 1/2 of a house and prepping that land for a 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.
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