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Don Suggs. Photo: Paul O’Connor, 2005.

Don Suggs (1945–2019)

American artist and teacher Don Suggs, a longtime instructor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has died. He was seventy-four years old.

Suggs was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1945, and moved to Los Angeles in 1962 to complete his undergraduate and graduate studies at UCLA. He taught at the university from 1983 to 2014, and at the Florida State University, Tallahassee; Franconia College, New Hampshire; and Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, throughout the 1970s and ’80s. He had shown with LA Louver gallery since its founding in 1976.

“Suggs’ photoworks are strong and remarkably detailed, bringing out lush, curious evidence of the earth’s ineffable surface,” Benjamin Weissman wrote in the May 1993 issue of Artforum. “Especially brilliant when it comes to understanding landscape, he becomes a kind of king of the desert, mountain, and forest. He has playful and original ideas about what goes on in the great outdoors, its intangible hidden forces, the peculiar ‘utterances’ of rock and leaf.”

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