“David Adickes looms large in the art world-- and for no small reason. His gigantic statues of historical figures have become tourist attractions from South Dakota to Virginia to his home state of Texas”.
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 Barcelona.
In 2005 he began producing Giclee Fine Art Prints of selected paintings, which he continues to do. He lives and paints in Houston.