David Summers: Out of the Light Into the Light

  • Installation Shots

  • Selected Works

    Suns will Always Rise, 2017. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36″

    A Greater Net of Indra II, 2017. Oil on canvas, 24 x 48″

    Happy Still Life with Golden Spheres (The Painter is not In), 2017. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36″

    Happy Still Life with Candle and Vivid Memories, 2017. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36″

    Happy Still Life with Gazing Ball, 2017. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36″

    A Lesser Net of Indra, Cadmium, 2017. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36″

    Super Happy Autumn Still Life with Gazing Ballwe, 2017. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36″

    De Divina Proportione (Matthew’s Polyhedron). 2017. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36″

    Still Life Between Two Apples, 2017. Oil on canvas, 16 x 20″ Sold

    Happy Still Life (Red Standing) 2017. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36″

    Happy Still Life with 5 Apples and 5 Oranges, 2017. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36″

    Happy Still Life with Gourds and Swans, 2017. Oil on canvas,  24 x 30″

    Nancy’s Porch Garden, 2018. Oil on canvas, 24 x 24″ Sold

    Modern Still Life with Eight Spheres, 2018. Oil on masonite, 14 x 18″

    Plato’s Roses (Pink), 2018. Oil on canvas, 15 x 30″

    Plato’s Roses (White), 2018. Oil on canvas, 20 x 20″

    Flora in the Flowers, 2018. Oil on canvas, 20 x 16″ Sold

    Bright Still Life II (Aluminum), 2018. 2018. Oil on canvas, 18 x 24”  Sold

    14 Gourds Joyfully Reunited, 2018. Oil on canvas, 12 x 16″

    Al-Kindi’s Wildest Dream, 2018. Oil on canvas, 15 x 30″ Sold

    Still Life with Halo, 2018. Oil on Masonite, 16 x 20” Sold

    By the Sea, By the Sea, 2018. Oil on canvas, 11 x 14” Sold

    Commodity Ghosts in Limbo, 2017. Oil on canvas, 10 x 20” Sold

    Out of the Light into the Light, 2017. Oil on canvas, 12 x 24”

    Golden Swan Departing for the Light of Other Suns (Aluminum), 2018. Oil on canvas, 16 x 20”

    Bright Still Life Between Parted Lemons (Aluminum), 2018. Oil on Masonite, 18 x 24” Sold

    Still Life between Two Pears, 2017. Oil on canvas, 16 x 20″ Sold

    Still Life with Mexican Glasses, 2018. Oil on Masonite, 12 x 16” Sold

    Still Life with Violin, Local Peaches and Parted Gazelles, 2018. Oil on Masonite, 16 x 20”

    The Game of Life, 2018. Acrylic and oil on Masonite, 12 x 16” Sold

    Modern Still Life with Mexican Glass, Vivid Memories, 2017. Oil on Masonite, 16 x 20” Sold

    Four Onions for C.W., 2017. Oil on canvas, 12 x 9″

    A Green Stallion with Bright Tape, 2017. Oil on canvas, 12 x 9″

    Goya’s Onion, 2017. Oil on canvas, 8 x 10″ Sold

  • Press Release

    Les Yeux du Monde is pleased to present David Summers: Out of the Light into the Light

    Les Yeux du Monde is excited to present for the first show of the fall season, David Summers: Out of the Light into the Light. This show will feature the latest dazzling still life paintings of art historian, critic, philosopher, and painter David Summers. As the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Art Theory and Italian Renaissance Art at the University of Virginia from 1981 to 2015, he wrote plenty about these areas, including the books Michelangelo and the Language of Art (1981) and The Judgment of Sense (1987).  But his concerns and contributions have been much more wide-ranging than Renaissance art and current theory, amounting to none other than a re-reading and re-writing of the way Art History has been done since its inception, to be much more inclusive of all traditions—a World Art History laid out in great detail in his internationally influential 700+ page book, Real Spaces. World Art History and the Rise of Western Modernism (2003). Drawing from this book, he wrote the manifesto“To a Museum of World Art” for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, arguing that art and its history crosses all boundaries of time and nationality to elucidate our shared humanity.  In addition to his scholarly concerns and books,  most recently Vision, Reflection and Desire in Western Painting (2007) and his current endeavor, Pathos, Sympathy and Empathy in Art, Summers has always painted and he is just as stellar in his handling of concept through paint as he is through words.  

    Summers writes “I have spent my whole life as a painter trying to paint light. I came to understand Cezanne (from whom it seemed to me I took my bearings) to have made paintings that in some sense we do not look into, as if their forms were just more things we see.  Instead, paintings are themselves fields of living light….and out of their light beautiful things may appear.  Beauty has become a kind of B-word, avoided in favor of supposedly more truthful dreariness and ugliness.  But light is beautiful, and, as a great philosopher said, if the world is in fact one of suffering, our obligation is not to add to the general malaise.”  In this same spirit Summers offers his “Happy Still Life” series, works that are ebullient, playful and colorful, abounding in layers of imagery, light and hidden meanings.  His sense of humor and great empathy for all things human and hopeful infuse his art with lasting brilliance and strength.