David Adickes Biography
David Adickes' career as a painter and more
recently as a
sculptor, spans many years. After receiving a bachelors degree in
math/physics, Adickes went to France and studied 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. Several museums and
hundreds of corporate and private collectors own his work.
In the 50's he traveled extensively, circling
the globe, painting
in Tahiti, Japan, Spain and living six years in France. In
1983, Adickes was commissioned to make his first monumental
sculpture in Downtown Houston, "Virtuoso" at the
Lyric Center, then in 1994 he completed the 76 foot figure
of Sam Houston in Huntsville, Texas.
In 1996 he began a seven year project, building two Presidents Parks,
one near Mt. Rushmore in SD, August 2003, and the other at
Williamsburg, VA, March 2004. Each Park contains 18' to 20'
tall busts of all the U.S. presidents. Since December 2003
Adickes has resumed painting full time and is currently
very productive. His subjects, as always, are groups of figures,
landscapes, and still lifes. His signature figures, dubbed "the
Adickes men" by biographer A. Cantey were later described as "stunning
canvases that are painted with virtuosity that is compelling" by
author James A. Michener in his monograph/critique "Adickes" 1968, published
In 2005 he began producing Giclee Fine Art
Prints of selected paintings, which he continues to do. He
lives and paints in Houston.