Wonder Ball | Don Suggs


Don Suggs
Born 1945, Fort Worth, Texas
Lives and works in Los Angeles

Bouquet, from the series “Paradise Prints,” 2013
Archival inkjet print on Museo Max paper
45 ¼ x 30 ½ x 2 inches (framed)
Edition 2 of 5
Courtesy of the artist and LA Louver Gallery, Los Angeles
Retail value: $3,500

Los Angeles-based artist Don Suggs has been painting compositions of concentric circles since the late 1960s. Driven by an interest in “aesthetic arrest,” or the moment a clash of visual languages jolts the viewer into closer scrutiny, Suggs has built a practice analyzing, in his words, “how we perceive a picture…its formal ‘building blocks’ and how they communicate meaning and feeling.” In his ongoing series “Paradise Prints,” begun in 2010, Suggs overlays a colorful circular abstraction onto one of his black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West, taken at sites such as Joshua Tree, Yosemite, and the California and Oregon coasts. Suggs uses the circular overlay to both disrupt and inform the viewer’s reading of the landscape. In Bouquet, the palette captures the colors of the scene itself—ocher sand and green ocean fluidly blending into blue sky—while the abstract form obscures part of the representational image, suggesting a less tangible psychological or spiritual experience of the landscape. 

Don Suggs grew up in San Diego and completed his BA, MA, and MFA at the University of California, Los Angeles. His midcareer survey—titled One Man Group Show in witty reference to his diverse, multimedia oeuvre—was held at the Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, in 2007. Suggs has won two National Endowment for the Arts Grants, and his work is the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of California, and Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey, among others.

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