Photo: Linda Stark
  Don Suggs
 
1945 Born, Fort Worth, TX
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Education:
1962 - 67 General Studies at University of California at Los Angeles, CA
1967 - 72 BA, MA, MFA, University of California at Los Angeles, CA

selected biography
 

Selected L.A. Louver group exhibitions

Don Suggs:
Thermal Pool Paintings and Paradise Prints

24 May - 30 June 2012

Loose Canon
Second floor and Skyroom
13 October 2011 - 12 November 2011

     

Group show
Second floor gallery
28 April 2011 - 28 May 2011

 
Group show
Main gallery
2 June - 9 July 2011
     

Don Suggs
One Man Group Show

14 April - 23 June 2007
Ben Maltz Gallery
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

 

Don Suggs
Concentric

17 May - 16 June 2007

    → view all past solo/group L.A. Louver exhibitions

Selected articles

Pagel, David. "Art Review: It's always an adventure."
Los Angeles Times , 2007.
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Mallinson, Constance. "Don Suggs at L.A. Louver"
Art in America, December 2007.
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Harvery, Dugg. "Myth Breaker"
Modern Painters, Summer 2004.
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  Weissman, Benjamin. "Don Suggs / L.A. Louver"
Artforum, May 1993.
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Knight, Christopher. "Paintings to bear in mind"
Los Angeles Herland Examiner, 6 October 1989.
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Selected articles
Pagel, David. "Art Review: It's always an adventure."
Los Angeles Times , 2007.
full article, PDF

Mallinson, Constance. "Don Suggs at L.A. Louver"
Art in America, December 2007.
full article, PDF

Harvery, Dugg. "Myth Breaker"
Modern Painters, Summer 2004.
full article, PDF
Weissman, Benjamin. "Don Suggs / L.A. Louver"
Artforum, May 1993.
full article, PDF

Knight, Christopher. "Paintings to bear in mind"
Los Angeles Herland Examiner, 6 October 1989.
full article, PDF

Selected works by exhibition

Thermal Pool Paintings and Paradise Prints
L.A. Louver, 2012

Don Suggs<br>
Travertine Springs, 2012<br>
oil on canvas<br>
59 3/4 x 59 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. (151.8 x 151.8 x 8.9 cm)<br>
<br>
Thermal pools<br>
<br>
The Abyss Pools and Travertine Springs are inspired by the palette of dark pools and mineral springs, which Suggs imagines in oil of rich, glossy color applied in concentric circles against a white or grey background.

Travertine Springs

Don Suggs<br>
Abyss Pool 19, 2012 <br>
oil on Strathmore rag board <br>
framed: 14 3/4 x 10 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (37.5 x 26 x 3.8 cm)<br>
<br>
Thermal pools<br>
<br>
The Abyss Pools and Travertine Springs are inspired by the palette of dark pools and mineral springs, which Suggs imagines in oil of rich, glossy color applied in concentric circles against a white or grey background.

Abyss Pool 19

Don Suggs<br>
Abyss Pool, 2012<br>
oil on canvas<br>
59 3/4 x 59 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. (151.8 x 151.8 x 8.9 cm) <br>
<br>
Thermal pools<br>
<br>
The Abyss Pools and Travertine Springs are inspired by the palette of dark pools and mineral springs, which Suggs imagines in oil of rich, glossy color applied in concentric circles against a white or grey background.

Abyss Pool

Don Suggs<br>
Travertine Springs 4, 2012<br>
grey autoprimer and oil on rag board<br>
frame: 14 3/4 x 10 3/4 in. (37.5 x 27.3 cm)<br>
<br>
Thermal pools<br>
<br>
The Abyss Pools and Travertine Springs are inspired by the palette of dark pools and mineral springs, which Suggs imagines in oil of rich, glossy color applied in concentric circles against a white or grey background.

Travertine Springs 4

Don Suggs<br>
Pod, 2012 <br>
archival inkjet prints on Crane Museo Max paper<br>
framed: 45 1/8 x 29 1/2 in. (114.6 x 74.9 cm) <br>
Edition 1 of 5<br>
<br>
Paradise prints<br>
<br>
Paradise Prints are archival inkjets inspired by landscape, and printed in small editions of five or fewer. Suggs photographs each landscape with the intended void in mind, the circular abstraction that overlays provides a key to understanding the obstructed view: either in fact (the palette of the landscape), or in symbol (a reference to something external to the landscape that resonates with the scene).

Pod

Don Suggs<br>
Wind, 2011<br>
archival inkjet print on Crane Museo Max paper <br>
Framed: 45 x 30 1/4 in. (114.3 x 76.8 cm) <br>
Edition 1 of 3<br>
<br>
Paradise prints<br>
<br>
Paradise Prints are archival inkjets inspired by landscape, and printed in small editions of five or fewer. Suggs photographs each landscape with the intended void in mind, the circular abstraction that overlays provides a key to understanding the obstructed view: either in fact (the palette of the landscape), or in symbol (a reference to something external to the landscape that resonates with the scene).

Wind

Art 43 Basel
The International Art Show, 2012

Don Suggs<br>
The Birth of Venus, 2012<br>
oil on canvas<br>
45 in. dia. (114.3 cm)<BR>
<BR>
Canoniris paintings<BR>
<BR>
The Canoniris paintings focus on an 80 year time span from 1430 to 1510--roughly from the initiation of linear perspective to the end of the most spectacularly fecund decade of the Renaissance. Each Canoniris painting is based on a circular crop of the source painting--an area chosen for its psychological centrality, and at the center of which is an anchoring circular motif.

The Birth of Venus

Don Suggs<br>
The Birth of Venus schematic

The Birth of Venus schematic

Don Suggs<br>
The Birth of Venus schematic

The Birth of Venus schematic

Don Suggs<br>
Earthly Delights Iris, 2011<br>
oil on canvas<br>
45 in. dia. (114.3 cm)<BR>
<BR>
Canoniris paintings<BR>
<BR>
The Canoniris paintings focus on an 80 year time span from 1430 to 1510--roughly from the initiation of linear perspective to the end of the most spectacularly fecund decade of the Renaissance. Each Canoniris painting is based on a circular crop of the source painting--an area chosen for its psychological centrality, and at the center of which is an anchoring circular motif.

Earthly Delights Iris

Don Suggs<br>
Earthly Delights schematic

Earthly Delights schematic

Don Suggs<br>
Earthly Delights schematic

Earthly Delights schemati

ARCOmadrid
29th international art fair, 2010

Don Suggs<br>
Cardinal/Inquisitor, 2009<br>
oil on canvas<br>
Diameter: 60 in. (152.4 cm)<br>
Private collection

Cardinal/Inquisitor

Don Suggs<br>
Toco Toucan #15, 2009<br>
oil on gessoed panel<br>
16 x 16 in. (40.6 x 40.6 cm)<br>
Private collection

Toco Toucan #15

Don Suggs<br>  
Toco Toucan #20, 2009<br>  
oil on gessoed panel<br>  
16 x 16 in. (40.6 x 40.6 cm)

Toco Toucan #20

Group Show
L.A. Louver, 2009

Don Suggs<br> 
Twenty Blackbirds, 2008
oil on twenty (20) panels
Each panel: 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. (40 x 40 cm) Installed: 76 x 80 in. (193 x 203.2 cm)
Private collection

Twenty Blackbirds

Don Suggs<br> 
Acid-trope Feast Pole, 2008<br> 
plastic objects, metal armature<br> 
approx. 144 x 16 x 28 in. (365.8 x 40.6 x 71.1 cm)

Acid-trope Feast Pole

Installation photography, Group Show

Installation photography, Group Show

Concentric
L.A. Louver, 2007

Don Suggs<br>
Raft of the Medusa, 2007<br>
oil on canvas <br>
Diameter: 108 in. (274.3 cm)<br>
Private collection

Raft of the Medusa

Don Suggs<br>
Watteau/Tiepolo, 2007<br>
oil on panel<br>
Overall: 111 x 75 in. (281.9 x 190.5 cm)<br>
Private collection

Watteau/Tiepolo

Don Suggs<br>
Six Points: Capitol Reef <br>
(as installed: Sunset-Waterpocket Fold/Temples of Sun and Moon/Fremont River, Trees, Rocks/Cycladenia and Pictographs/Hooded Warbler and Claret Cup Cactus/Petroglyphs and Chukar), 2006<br>
oil on panel<br>
Each panel: 16 x 16 in. (40.6 x 40.6 cm)<br>
Private collection

Six Points: Capitol Reef

Installation photography, Don Suggs: Concentric <br>
<br>
The Patrimony/Matrimony series interprets iconic works of art, by both men(Patrimony) 
and women(Matrimony) artists, using a conceptual framework based on palette, 
composition and psychological force. In conceiving each work, Suggs first determines
the

Installation photography, Don Suggs: Concentric

Hexane Photographs
L.A. Louver, 1997

Done Suggs<br>
Garden (Family 1), 1995<br>
compound photograph<br>
36 x 63 in./40 1/8 x 67 1/4 in. (91.4 x 160 cm./101.9 x 170.8 cm)(fr)

Garden (Family 1)

Done Suggs<br>
Light Girl (Beuys' Ghost), 1996 - 97<br>
compound photograph<br>
39 x 134 in./42 1/2 x 36 3/4  in. (99 x 340.3 cm. / 107.9 x 93.3 cm) (fr)

Light Girl (Beuys' Ghost)

Done Suggs<br>
Scale, 1996<br>
compound photograph<br>
51 x 31 1/2 in./54 x 34 1/4 in. (129.5 x 80 cm./137.2 x 87 cm) (fr)

Scale

Photoworks - Old Genres
L.A. Louver, 1993

Done Suggs<br>
The Gaze (Pork, Prudery, Protection), 1992<br>
gelatin silverprint with bust and gas mask<br>
18 1/2 x 44 in. [47 x 111.7 cm]

The Gaze (Pork, Prudery, Protection)


Installation photography<BR>
Photoworks - Old Genres

Installation photography
Photoworks - Old Genres >>

Installation photography<BR>
Photoworks - Old Genres



Paintings
L.A. Louver, 1989

Done Suggs<br>
Proprietary View: Portage Glacier, 1987<br>
oil on wood panel<br>
20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 60.9 cm)

Proprietary View: Portage Glacier

Don Suggs<br>
Garden of the Asylum, 1988<br>
oil & alkyd on canvas<br>
34 3/8 x 42 in. (87.9 x 106.7 cm)<br>
Private collection

Garden of the Asylum

Done Suggs<br>
Disappearances: Einstein (51st Step), 1986-89<br>
oil & alkyd on panel<br>
12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

Disappearances: Einstein (51st Step)

Installation photography<br>
Don Suggs: Paintings

Installation photography
Don Suggs: Paintings

Paintings from 1982 - 84
L.A. Louver, 1985

Don Suggs<br>
Pathfinder’s Problem, 1984 - 85<br>
oil on canvas<br>
82 x 66 in. (208.3 x 167.6 cm)

Pathfinder’s Problem

Don Suggs<br>
Innessfree, 1982 - 83<br>
oil on canvas<br>
120 x 80 in. (304.8 x 203.2 cm)<br>
Private collection

Innessfree

Don Suggs<br>
Adamsite, 1983<br>
oil on canvas<br>
100 x 73 in. (254 x 185.4 cm)

Adamsite

Don Suggs<br>
J.T. and R.D., 1984<br>
oil on canvas<br>
92 x 60 in. (233.7 x 152.4 cm)

J.T. and R.D.

Paintings from 1979 - 1981
L.A. Louver, 1982

Don Suggs<br>
Agave, 1981<br>
acrylic on board, four panels<br>
80 x 118 1/2 in. (203.2 x 300.99 cm)<br>
Private collection

Agave

Don Suggs<br>
Sculptor's Game, 1981<br>
acrylic on canvas<br>
72 x 70 in. (182.88 x 177.8 cm)<br>
Private collection

Sculptor's Game

Paintings and Drawings
L.A. Louver, 1977

Don Suggs announcement, 1977

Don Suggs announcement, 1977

Don Suggs<br>
Overcoming, 1976<br>
oil on canvas<br>
108 x 30 in (274.3 x 76.2 cm)

Overcoming

Don Suggs<br>
G, 1976<br>
oil on canvas<br>
108 x 18 in (274.3 x 45.7 cm)

G

Vida Hackman, Don Suggs: Paintings, Prints, Drawings
L.A. Louver, 1976

Vida Hackman and Don Suggs, 1976

Vida Hackman and Don Suggs, 1976

Vida Hackman and Don Suggs announcement, 1976

Vida Hackman and Don Suggs announcement, 1976