The career of well known Texas artist and sculptor, David Adickes, spans 6 decades. Born in Huntsville, Texas, Adickes soon left home for a stint in the military. Although he has a degree in math and physics in 1948, he pursued art and studied in France from 1948 to 1950 with modern French master, Fernand Leger. He returned to Houston and began a painting career which led to dozens of one-man shows in the U.S. and France. He traveled extensively, painting in Tahiti, Japan, Spain and living six years in France.
David made his living primarily through painting until 10 years ago. His subjects, as always, are groups of figures, landscapes, and still life. David’s oils and sculptures are displayed in 10 major art museums across America and in many countries, as well as private collections. The Virtuoso was David Adickes first large size sculpture commissioned in 1983 by the Lyric Center. The Virtuoso is a 36 foot tall statue of a cellist at play. The 76 foot statue of Sam Houston located in Huntsville, Texas was completed in 1994. In 1996.
David Adickes is now one of Houston’s most well-known and established artists. If you’ve lived in Houston for any amount of time, it’s likely you’ve seen the highly publicized and recent “We Love Houston” sign located off of I-10. From Mayor Annise Parker’s re-election campaign launch to national car commercials, the sign has become a popular tourist attraction in the Houston area. Most recently, he’s found a home for his recognizable ART piece in the Washington Avenue Arts District at the entrance to Sawyer Yards. “I did this piece to create an iconic entrance to the area,” says David, as he talks about the upcoming 32 acres of artist studios and brewery planned for development.
Look for his larger than life size Beatles at 8th Wonder Brewery through 2018!