David Leggets is an artist living and working in Chicago, Illinois. His work deals with themes of systematic racism and institutionalized oppression in the United States. His cartoonish drawings and paintings are expressions of political and social satire that demand attention and implore of their viewer where they stand in relation to the content. Inspired by the Imagist movement and its use of pop and sub-cultural references, Leggets incorporates and collages text, photographic images, political slogans, and portraits of black power icons.
Leggets's work has appeared in solo shows at Kimmerich Gallery in Berlin, Germany; Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago; Gallery 400 in Chicago; Grand Gallery in Chicago; and more. His work has also been exhibited in numerous group shows at galleries including Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago; Trestle Projects in Brooklyn, New York; the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago; The Hughes Gallery in Sydney, Australia; Magic Pictures in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Regina Rex in Queens, New York; ADA Gallery in Richmond, Virginia; The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York; to name a few. He has been featured in Blouin Artinfo, Time Out Chicago, and The New Yorker.