David Adickes: A World of Splendor

lag-adickes The art exhibit, “David Adickes: A World of Splendor,” will be on display at South Texas College’s Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery from September 16 to December 11, 2010. The exhibit will feature mixed media paintings and giclée prints. On Thursday, September 16, art talks will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at STC’s Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, Bldg F. An opening reception will take place the same evening from 6 to 8 p.m. in STC’s Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, Bldg. F located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Admission to the exhibition and all events is free and open to the public.

David Adickes is a Houston-based painter and sculptor whose career in the visual arts is now well into its sixth decade. Adickes received a degree in both math and physics from Sam Houston State University. A man of many talents, Adickes also studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute and in Paris, France with the modern French master Fernand Léger. Adickes later taught art at The University of Texas at Austin.

All together, Adickes’s paintings encompass landscapes, stills and figure groups that are primarily composed of geometric shapes and vibrant, bold colors reminiscent of classic French scenes. Many of Adickes’s works are in museum collections, as well as hundreds of corporate and private collections in the U.S. and around the globe. In addition to his paintings, Adickes is also known for his monumental concrete bust sculptures of U.S. Presidents. Today there are two parks adorned with Adickes’s 20 foot sculptures of all forty-three American presidents in South Dakota and Virginia.

In regard to his artistic philosophy, Adickes believes that, “art should be created with purpose and intent that should have a sense of form, and a feeling of permanence.”

“Adickes is steadfast and meticulous throughout his process and the artistic creation of his work,” said Sofia K. Vestweber, STC’s Library Art Gallery associate. “His paintings are powerful and stimulating in nature, bringing the viewer an extraordinary sense of whimsy and splendor.”

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information contact Sofia K. Vestweber at 956-872-3488 or at libraryart@southtexascollege.edu, or visit the Library Art Gallery Website.