David Bates

Justin Spring

    ISBN: 978 1 85759 498 0

    Size: 304 x 245 mm / 9.75 x 12 in.

    Binding: Hardback

    Pages: 216

    In association with:

    Date published: November, 2007

    UK £29.95 /US $55


  • First full monograph on the artist, a mindful descendant of American modernists such as Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, John Marin and Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Lively and accessible style of painting


The exuberant paintings and sculptures of maverick Texas artist David Bates combine exquisite technique with a deep understanding of American modernist traditions, resulting in a body of work that is at once sophisticated, soulful and accessible. From his lush early paintings of the Arkansas nature conservancy Grassy Lake and the Texas Gulf Coast, to his figural reliefs and sculptures created at a bronze-casting foundry in Washington, to his most recent paintings depicting survivors of Hurricane Katrina, this catalogue provides an in-depth look at the life and work of a unique and significant American artist and serves as the first full monograph of Bates’s work. This book is published in association with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, which holds many of his works in its permanent collection, and features more than 160 colour reproductions of the artist’s work.

Author information

Justin Spring is a novelist, art critic and biographer. His writings on contemporary art have appeared in Artforum, the New York Times and the Village Voice.