Don Suggs

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Don Suggs
DonSuggs - Studio.jpg
Suggs in his Los Angeles studio, February 2007
Born(1945-03-16)March 16, 1945
DiedJuly 30, 2019(2019-07-30) (aged 74)
EducationMA & MFA in Art
Alma materUCLA

Don Suggs (March 16, 1945 – July 30, 2019) was an American artist based in Los Angeles, California.[1] His paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures are notable for their use of color.[2]


Suggs was born in Fort Worth, Texas and grew up in San Diego. He received a B.A. in 1969 from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), having studied psychology, film, and art. He received both an M.A. in 1971 and an M.F.A. in Art in 1972 from UCLA.[3]

Suggs taught drawing, painting, sculpture and color theory from 1972-1984 at Florida State University at Tallahassee, Franconia College in New Hampshire, University of Southern California, and Otis Art Institute. From 1983-2014, he taught painting and drawing at UCLA. Over the years, he has been co-editor with Paul Vangelisti of several non-profit art and literature publications: Boxcar, Forehead, and Ribot. He published four art and poetry books, collaborating with Paul Vangelisti and Martha Ronk.

Suggs lived and worked in Los Angeles. He died on July 30, 2019 after being struck by a vehicle while walking.[4][2]


During his career, Suggs has worked in three to five year periods with a particular style.[5] Suggs' major bodies of work include Passions, Autochthonous Views, Proprietary Views, Portraits, Old Genres, Heuristic Paintings, Tondototems, Paint Ons and Feastpoles. Suggs' work is widely varied, including geometric abstraction, abstract expressionism, conceptualism, photorealism and pop art.[5][6][7] Due to this he has been described as "an artist's artist".[5][8]


Suggs was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts grant in both 1973 and 1991.[3]


Since 1970, Suggs' works have been included in many solo and group exhibitions across the United States. His work is represented by L.A. Louver gallery in Venice, California.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Don Suggs biography" (PDF). LA Louver. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Don Suggs (1945–2019) - Artforum International".
  3. ^ a b A. Moret. "All That Glitters is Gold". Installation Magazine. Retrieved 2014-12-17.
  4. ^ "Don Suggs, influential teacher and restless painter, dies at 74 - Los Angeles Times".
  5. ^ a b c "35-year survey of Suggs art works shows merger of pop and traditional". The Argonaut. 2007-04-12. Retrieved 2014-12-17.
  6. ^ Knight, Christopher (2011-12-21). "Art review: 'The Loop Show' at Beacon Arts Building". The LA Times. Retrieved 2014-12-17.
  7. ^ Baker, Kenneth (2008-12-27). "'L.A. Paint' at the Oakland Museum". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-12-17.
  8. ^ Meg Linton. Don Suggs: One Man Group Show Media Release (Los Angeles, CA: Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Maltz Gallery, June 2006): 1.