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    David Bates (American, b. 1952)
    Self Portrait - Gulf Coast, 2005
    Oil on canvas laid on panel
    40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
    Signed lower left: Bates
    Signed, dated, and titled on the reverse: Bates / Self Portrait / Gulf Coast / 2005

    PROVENANCE:
    DC Moore Gallery, New York;
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.

    EXHIBITED:
    DC Moore Gallery, New York, "David Bates," November 15-December 22, 2006, no. 2.

    LITERATURE:
    J.D. Serwer, David Bates - Art Meets Life: The New Work of David Bates, exhibition catalogue, New York, 2006, p. 28, illustrated.

    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).

    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. The present work is Bates' tongue-in-cheek take of an artist's self-portrait complete with palette. The humorous scene is beautifully rendered in the artist's hallmark thick impasto and stylized brushwork with backdrop of the Texas Gulf Coast -- a truly all-encompassing example of David Bates.




    Condition Report*: There appears to be no major visible condition issues to note.
    Framed Dimensions 42.5 X 32.5 Inches
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    November, 2019
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