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Auction Name: 2021 May 22 Texas Art Signature Auction

Lot Number: 75007

Shortcut to Lot: HA.com/8017-75007

David Bates (American, b. 1952)
Burning Leaves, 1983
Oil on canvas
60 x 47-1/2 inches (152.4 x 120.7 cm)
Signed lower right: Bates
Signed, dated, and titled on the reverse: David Bates / -Burning Leaves- / 83

Property from an Important Private Collection

PROVENANCE:
Charles Cowles Gallery, Inc., New York;
Collection of Philip Morris Companies, Inc., New York;
Private Collection, New York;
Artnet Auctions, August 14, 2013, lot 88186;
Acquired by the present owner from the above.

EXHIBITED:
The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut, "1989 Invitational," April 2-May 28, 1989;
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California (and elsewhere), "Northwest by Southwest: Painted Fictions (NW X SW)," March 9-December 30, 1990.

David Bates became a noted realistic figure and narrative painter at a time when Abstract Expressionism was all-prevailing. His work is heavily influenced by modernism including the painting of Vincent Van Gogh, German Expressionism and Marsden Hartley, American Expressionist. He later added abstract sculpture to his pursuits, working in painted wood and painted bronze. "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). This is particularly true for Burning Leaves, 1983, which is from what many consider to be the most important period of Bates' career.

Born in nearby Dallas, he spent his childhood in Garland 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.

He married a fellow student from SMU in 1980 and 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. While still based in Texas, Bates has attained national and international acclaim for his paintings of Texas and the Gulf Coast.


Condition Report*: Original canvas. Under UV exam, there does not appear to be inpaint. No visible issues.
Framed Dimensions 61 X 48 Inches
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