David Bates

David Bates


Nationality: American

Birth Place: Dallas

David Bates is a contemporary Dallas-based artist who draws inspiration from the physical landscape and cultural identity of the South, in particular the Grassy Lakes region of Arkansas and the Texas Gulf Coast. Bates’s work combines the aesthetics of European and American modernists with folk art conventions, and he revived figurative and narrative painting starting in the 1970s and 1980s when Pop Art, and Abstract Expressionism, performance art, and post-studio work was the norm. Since then, Bates’s work has told the stories of the South, one of his most notable series being a depiction of the cultural and physical effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and its people. This multi-faceted artist works in many mediums including painting, hand-painted bronzes, free standing sculptures, and low wall reliefs.

Bates’s work is internationally known, and he has exhibited in major museums including the Austin Museum of Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Whitney Museum Biennial. Bates received his MFA and BFA from Southern Methodist University.


David Bates Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
DAVID MICHAEL BATES (American, b. 1952) The Texas Queen, 1982 Oil on canvas 90 x 67 inches (228.6 x 170.2 cm) Signed
DAVID MICHAEL BATES (American, b. 1952)The Texas Queen, 1982Oil on canvas90 x 67 inches (228.6 x 170.2 cm)Signed...
Lot 70194
Auction 5215
Saturday, May 30, 2015
DAVID BATES (American, b. 1952) The Blue Heron, 1985 Oil on canvas 72 x 60 inches (182.9 x 152.4 cm) Signed lower ri
DAVID BATES (American, b. 1952)The Blue Heron, 1985Oil on canvas72 x 60 inches (182.9 x 152.4 cm)Signed lower ri...
Lot 76056
Auction 5180
Saturday, October 18, 2014
DAVID BATES (American, b. 1952) Barbeque, 1982 Oil on canvas 96 x 76 inches (243.8 x 193.0 cm) Signed lower right:
DAVID BATES (American, b. 1952)Barbeque, 1982Oil on canvas96 x 76 inches (243.8 x 193.0 cm)Signed lower right: ...
Lot 72033
Auction 5083
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
David Bates (American, b. 1952) Sunflowers and Thistles I, 1999 Screenprint in colors on wove paper 39-5/8 x 32 inche
David Bates (American, b. 1952)Sunflowers and Thistles I, 1999Screenprint in colors on wove paper39-5/8 x 32 inche...
Lot 61154
Auction 5337
Sunday, December 10, 2017
David Bates (American, b. 1952) Untitled Ink on paper 21-1/2 x 29 inches (54.6 x 73.7 cm) (sheet)  PROPERTY FROM TH
David Bates (American, b. 1952)UntitledInk on paper21-1/2 x 29 inches (54.6 x 73.7 cm) (sheet)PROPERTY FROM TH...
Lot 75009
Auction 5329
Saturday, November 18, 2017

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