In a career spanning more than 40 years, David Bates has combined exquisite technique with a deep understanding of American modernist traditions, resulting in a body of work that is at once sophisticated, soulful and accessible.
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Long hailed as an extraordinary painter, Bates’s achievements in sculpture have been equally significant. Carved, assembled, modeled, or cast, painted or patinated, Bates’s sculpture ranges from rough-hewn to smoothly formed, powerfully muscular to fragile and dainty. Following in the footsteps of the great painter-sculptors Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, Bates’s work in sculpture has expanded his expressive range and had a profound impact on his work in other media.
David Bates Biography
Bates was born in 1952 in Dallas, Texas, where he lives and works today. He studied art at Southern Methodist University and participated in the Independent Study Program sponsored by the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, where he experimented with a wide range of styles. He has been the focus of many solo museum and gallery exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions across the United States. His work is prominently collected by museums and individuals including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Dallas Museum of Art, and The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
“I make art of the things I know.” – David Bates
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