LEO VALLEDOR
Shapin' Up
August 17 - September 15, 2012
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Opening reception: Friday, August 31st 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m
Leo Valledor, Shapin' Up



David Richard Gallery is pleased to present Shapin’ Up, a painting survey and the gallery’s first solo exhibition for Leo Valledor (1936-1989). The exhibition will feature paintings from 1980-1989.

Valledor, an Asian American artist who grew up in the Fillmore district of San Francisco, studied abstract expressionism at the California School of Fine Arts (currently, San Francisco Art Institute) and was part of the “Beat” scene—the cross cultural and dynamic fusion of visual art, jazz music and poetry. He exhibited his artwork at the 6 Gallery at the age of 19, the same year and location of Alan Ginsberg’s first public reading of his poem, Howl. This period also marked a dramatic shift in Valledor’s art to a reductive palette and simple geometric shapes. In 1961 he moved to New York and was an early member and founder of the now famous Park Place Group, where his new minimalist tendencies were appreciated by and exhibited with Sol Le Witt, Robert Smithson, Ed Ruda, Mark di Suvero, Peter Forakis and Tamara Melcher, among others. In 1968, Valledor returned to San Francisco where he continued to explore his unique abstract painting that extended musical harmonies and rhythms to shaped canvases and colors. Many of his paintings also produced optical effects as they played with the tension between the two and three-dimensional planes.

Leo Valledor had over 22 solo and two person exhibitions in important galleries and museums on both coasts, including Park Place Gallery and Graham Gallery in NY and 6 Gallery, Modernism, Dilexi Gallery and Daniel Weinberg Gallery in San Francisco, as well as the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Valledor’s artwork is included in many important public and private collections, including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), De Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, Seattle Art Museum, Oakland Museum, Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia Museum of Art, and St. Louis Museum of Art among others.

 

 

 

 

 


Represented Artists

Leo Valledor A Sunday Painting Acrylic on canvas 1981 48 x 48 at David Richard Gallery Leo Valledor
A Sunday Painting
Acrylic on canvas
1981
48 x 48 inches
 
Aeros Leo Valledor
Aeros
Acrylic on canvas
1988
30 x 36 inches
 
Leo Valledor Curveda Acrylic on canvas 1983 45 x 43 at David Richard Gallery Leo Valledor
Curveda
Acrylic on canvas
1983
45 x 43 inches
 
Leo Valledor Eros Is Eros Is Eros Acrylic on canvas 1980 48 x 48 at David Richard Gallery Leo Valledor
Eros Is Eros Is Eros
Acrylic on canvas
1980
48 x 48 inches
 
Leo Valledor In the A.M. Acrylic on canvas 1985 40 x 42 at David Richard Gallery Leo Valledor
In the A.M.
Acrylic on canvas
1985
40 x 42 inches
 
Leo Valledor Milespace Acrylic on canvas 1980 60 x 48 at David Richard Gallery Leo Valledor
Milespace
Acrylic on canvas
1980
60 x 48 inches
 
Leo Valledor Rothkokoro Acrylic on canvas 1988 96 x 96 at David Richard Gallery Leo Valledor
Rothkokoro
Acrylic on canvas
1988
96 x 96 inches
 
Leo Valledor Shapin_ Up Acrylic and oil on canvas 1982 96 x 48 at David Richard Gallery Leo Valledor
Shapin' Up
Acrylic and oil on canvas
1982
96 x 48 inches
 
Leo Valledor The Sweet Land Acrylic and enamel on canvas 1980 96 x 120 at David Richard Gallery Leo Valledor
The Sweet Land
Acrylic and enamel on canvas
1980
96 x 120 inches
 
Leo Valledor Incompassio Acrylic on canvas 1985 38 x 54 at David Richard Gallery Leo Valledor
Incompassio
Acrylic on canvas
1985
38 x 54 inches
 
Leo Valledor Vusion Acrylic on masonite 1989 48 x 48 at David Richard Gallery Leo Valledor
Vusion
Acrylic on masonite
1989
48 x 48 inches
 
Leo Valledor Zenithing Acrylic on canvas 1983 48 x 108 at David Richard Gallery Leo Valledor
Zenithing
Acrylic on canvas
1983
48 x 108 inches
 
Leo Valledor Iconever Acrylic on wood 1988 19 x 19 at David Richard Gallery Leo Valledor
Iconever
Acrylic on wood
1988
19 x 19 inches
 
Leo Valledor Slidereal Acrylic on wood 1988 21 x 23 at David Richard Gallery Leo Valledor
Slidereal
Acrylic on wood
1988
21 x 23 inches