David Pryor Adickes
was born and raised in Huntsville, TX in 1927. After attending Sam Houston
State College (now Sam Houston State University), and subsequently obtaining a
bachelors in mathematics/physics, he entered a brief stint in the United States
Air Force. Following this time in the military, which he spent in Europe, he
gained a new found love for the arts. As a result, he began his active career
in the art world at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1948.
After the time he spent there, Adickes utilized the GI Bill to travel to France and study modern art under the French Modernist master, Fernand Léger (from 1948-50). Adickes spent the next six years living in France, and it was here where Adickes adapted himself as a native Texan artist with strong French influences: he even had the opportunity to display his work in several one-man shows while living here. After several years spent learning every possible aspect of French life, including artistic culture, and the important distinction between artistic master and apprentice, Adickes switched roles, returning to Texas as an instructor of studio art at The University of Texas from 1954-55.
Following this time, and with the vast artistic recognition he received, Adickes was poised to travel the world and showcase his artwork in many unique locales. His European tour began in 1957, and in 1958, Adickes would break free from the confines of his previously Eurocentric artistic focus and spend the entire year living, working and exhibiting solo-shows in and around Japan, most notably in Tokyo and Osaka.
After pursuing this unique departure from his mostly conventional artistic life, Adickes returned home to his native Texas, and spent this time, and into the 1960´s, exhibiting in art museums across the Lone Star State. It was here where Adickes genuinely cemented himself as a Texas artistic legend with French influences, and by exhibiting here locally over the next few decades, he would only propel himself forward towards further artistic recognition and excellence. In addition to these showings in Texas, Adickes' work has been featured in many one-man shows across the United States.
More specifically, and in regards to actual commissions he received, in 1983, the Lyric Center in Houston, Texas commissioned him to produce his first large scale abstract sculpture, The Virtuoso. In addition, Adickes is probably best known, at least to Texas residents, for sculpting the massive statue of Sam Houston off Interstate 45 in Huntsville, Texas (1996). Outside of Texas, Adickes worked on a number of US Presidential statues in South Dakota (August 2003) and Williamsburg, Virginia (March 2004). Also, during this time, Adickes primarily focused on creating sculpture- it was not until 2003 that Adickes chose to pursue painting once again, and did so to great success.And while David Adickes has already established himself as a legend in the fine art world, The Glade Arts Foundation is both honored and humbled to have the largest single collection of his artwork on display in our museum-like setting, to be enjoyed by audiences for generations to come.