There were also frogs and snakes and gators, of course, and a density that surpasses the more spread-out Everglades. Arts Julia Reed Southern Masters. His father was a traveling salesman who, early on, imbued his only son with a passion for fishing and the outdoors. And, as always, Bates will fish every chance he gets. Smith Bonus Images Click to see more photos from this story. When Bates left New York, he returned to the people and places that mattered to him most—which by then included Jan, whom he married in His early sculptures were made at a foundry in Walla Walla, Washington, but in the last several years, he has worked closer to home, in Houston, with increasingly lighter materials.
What all the pieces possess is an unmistakable muscularity. Smith The Conservatory, Bates began focusing on sculpture in earnest about sixteen years ago, but his paintings had been gaining an almost 3-D quality for some time. Their favorite vacation spot remains the Gulf Coast, but lately they head farther east to either Seaside or WaterColor in Florida.
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Smith The Cleaning Table, The plan had been to go fishing, but Bates was struck by the eerie light and abundant wildlife of the swamp, which is a breeding ground for egrets, ibis, and herons, as well as a migratory stop for ducks and geese. Walking through the Nasher show, we all stopped in front of Daffodils , a painted bronze that is among my favorites. Search for: Smith Bates viewing The Conservatory, Because I never thought anybody was going to buy something like that. They are also among the most playful; in many instances they seem to possess all the charm of a well-loved pet.
On repeat trips over the next decade, he immersed himself in the daily life there, sketching feverishly in small notepads his version of a camera—think Gauguin in Tahiti , which he would later translate into huge oils, including Ed Walker , one of the first three Grassy works. At the Nasher, we examined a painted bronze, Dog with Wagging Tail , and as he pointed out the cast materials—the pieces of plywood and cardboard, the old place mat and wicker basket—they were all easy to identify. There were also frogs and snakes and gators, of course, and a density that surpasses the more spread-out Everglades. It made it look more like a cloud to me. Smith Bonus Images Click to see more photos from this story. Keep up with Garden and Gun. Trending Stories: