The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas present the first-ever joint exhibition feautring artist David Bates, on view through May 11th. The exhibition at the Modern concludes with recent work, including Bates’s self-portraits and still lifes, while the installation at the Nasher will include a gallery devoted to the artist’s studio practice, highlighting connections among his paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

North texas native, David Bates was born in Dallas, where he resides today. As you can see in his artwork, he was influenced early on by his favorite pastime and passion, fishing, and the natural setting of the Texas coast and lakes, as well as the people that inhabit these places. Bates eventually moved on from paintings to experiment with larger, more ambitious sculptures in bronze. He has continued to work in the two media of sculpture and painting exploring figure and still life subjects.You will find an emphasis on painting (approximately 45 on view) in Fort Worth and 45 sculptures and 20 works on paper in Dallas.

From his lush early paintings of the Arkansas nature conservancy Grassy Lake and the Texas Gulf Coast; to his reliefs, sculptures, and assemblages created in a variety of materials; to his most recent paintings depicting survivors of Hurricane Katrina, self-portraits, and a return to still life, this exhibition provides an in-depth look at the work of a unique and significant American artist. 

Details: David Bates at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (3200 Darnell Street) and the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas (2001 Flora Street). February 9 through May 11, 2014. More information: (817)738-9215 and (214)242-5100

David Bates

David Bates, Self Portrait, Winter