This past week I stopped by the Tally Dunn Gallery in Dallas to view an exhibit by the native Texan artist, David Bates. The show consists of mostly landscapes and still life paintings as well as a few portraits and sculptures in wood and bronze. Bate's work draws from American Folk art and early renaissance art. His subject matter reflects Southern culture including shrimp boats, swamps, fishing and magnolia flowers. He has a characteristic bold approach to painting with a thick painterly style evident throughout his work.
I love the overall graphic approach to his paintings. "Marsh Shrimper" virtually glowed off the wall in the gallery due to Bate's palette. The depth of field draws you in and allows your eye to travel throughout the painting.
This exhibit was delightful, engaging and definitely worth a visit if you're in the Dallas area!