David Bates is active/lives in Texas. David Bates is known for mod-naive genre painting, sculptor.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Born in Dallas, Texas, David Bates became a noted realistic figure and
narrative painter at a time when Abstract Expressionism was
all-prevailing. However, he has been influenced by modernism
including the painting of Vincent Van Gogh, German Expressionism and
American Expressionist, Marsden Hartley. He later added abstract
sculpture to his pursuits, working in painted wood and painted
bronze. Many of his paintings are large scale, a size with which
he is comfortable because he is six-feet three inches tall.
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Of his work, it was written: "A natural storyteller influenced by his
Texas upbringing and affection for family and longtime friends, Bates
uses dark outlines, simplified forms, and heavy impastos in
compositions that appear at once almost naive and highly
sophisticated." (Dreisbach 9)
He spent his childhood in Garland, Texas, where his mother
encouraged his art talent. His father took him hunting and
fishing, and he often incorporated outdoor sporting themes into his
subject matter. He earned degrees from Southern Methodist
University, and did a year of independent study at the Whitney Museum
in New York City. There he was most unique because he did
figurative work among abstractionists, but he was encouraged by Red
Grooms, who made it seem okay to paint figures and realism.
married a fellow student from SMU in 1980, and then taught art at
Eastfield College in Dallas. In 1983, he turned to full-time
painting and became known as a Neo- Expressionist, who interjected both
vision and a sense of humor into his painting. In 1986, the Pepsi
Cola Bottling Group commissioned him as one of four artists to create
work in celebration of the 1986 Texas Sesqui-Centennial. A
limited edition of seventy-five lithographs was printed for that
occasion, and the soft drink company donated many of these to museums,
which enhanced his name recognition.
He is a compulsive painter
who works every day and completes about fifteen paintings per
year. He makes numerous drawings before beginning his canvases.
work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Phoenix Art Museum,
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and the Dallas Museum of Art. In
1987, he was part of a cultural exchange of Texas artists showing their
work in Berlin, Germany.
Docent Files, Phoenix Art Museum
Janet Dreisbach, Foreward to Singular Expressions, exhibition catalogue of Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery
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