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David Sharpe (American, b. 1936), Untitled, 1973, oil on canvas, signed

David Sharpe (American, b. 1936), Untitled, 1973, oil on canvas, signed

Item Description:

Oil on canvas, 1973, signed and dated lower right, framed


Appears fine with no abrasions, scratches, or paint loss. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions.


Myron P. Leven Foundation


Height 40 in. x Width 48 in. (sight)
Height 41.5 in. x Width 49.375 in. (frame)

About The Artist:

There are several artists by the name of David Sharpe. The David Sharpe who painted this work is the well-known Chicago modernist artist.

This David Sharpe studied at the Art Institute of Chicago in the 60s. Since that time, David Sharpe has participated in a vast number of group and solo exhibitions in the Chicago area and across the country.

This particular painting was executed in 1973. At this time, the artist had been creating vividly-colored, modernist abstract landscapes. Now Sharpe was turning to figurative elements, but in a simplified and abstract manner.

Prior to this time the artist produced some beautiful bio-morphic abstract paintings. By the 80s, he would focus on more expressive and less abstract figurative works.

I have never personally met David Sharpe, but I have seen many of his paintings and have happily owned several of them. He seems to be one of those rare artists who is unwilling to create some little niche in the art world and then go on doing the same recognizable thing over and over again. His work is about experimentation, trial and error, discovery, mastery, and yet more experimentation. I think that is the secret to the freshness and vitality of his work.

The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Illinois each have works by David Sharpe in their collections. His work can be found in many other public, private, and corporate collections as well, from the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.


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David Sharpe (American, b. 1936), Untitled, 1973, oil on canvas, signed

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