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Nostalgia Revisited
Paintings by David Higgins
January 5 - 25, 2014

Beautifully detailed classical oil paintings of contemporary decay and decline by painter and Corning Community College art instructor David Higgings.

Video of the artist's talk at the opening reception

Times Observer article

Artist's website
West End Gallery website

Cows on the Levee
Billboard, Louisiana
Poultry Barn
Garage with Hostas
Handy Shop
Church, Louisiana


"I love the small cities and rural areas of Northern Pennsylvania and Upstate New York. I’m never happier than when I’m tooling around the countryside with a digital camera, looking to record odd buildings and quirky scenes to paint. Just this week, on my way home from delivering my work to the Crary Art Gallery, I was delighted to come across the smiley-face barn in Frewsburg. And on earlier trips to these parts, I was knocked out by the squirrel sculptures in Olean and the weird little church in Friendship. I never suffer from lack of inspiration—I’d be quite productive if only I had better time-management skills!

"I’ve lived in places that were little more than giant subdivisions with no sense of place other than what was piped in through a TV screen, and found them hopelessly sterile. While our region has suffered more than its share of economic blight, there is a silver lining for any artist. As the older neighborhoods slip further into decrepitude, the houses get more eloquent. The roofs sag, the railings rot, and garbage accumulates in the alcoves, and yet they are beautiful, authentic, and good for the soul."


David Higgins grew up in Deposit, NY. He received a BA in Fine Art from SUNY-Binghamton in 1983 and an MFA from Louisiana State University in 1988. He has been teaching art at Corning Community College since 1991. His website is DavidHigginsArt.com.