Down Saywer Rd., past the railroad tracks and up a gravel road on Summer St. is David Adickes immense warehouse studio Sculpturworx. There's no missing it when seven-foot-tall president heads lurk in the parking lot, and a two-story sign reading "We Heart Houston" has taken up residence. Adickes is the artist sculptor responsible for the 76-foot Sam Houston statue in Huntsville, as well as two parks--one near Mt. Rushmore and the other in Williamsburg, Virginia--filled with president's portrait busts. Years before the giant sculptures of American VIPs made him a Houston household name, he received a bachelor's degree in math/physics.
After college and while living in a friend's Paris apartment he discovered painting and studied under the French painter Fernand Leger. Adickes has been around the world with his paintings and sculptures and has decided to make his way back home at last.
With a heavy heart, we report that this iconic painter and sculptor will soon be leaving his Summer St. studio and heading out to Huntsville where he will turn his old high school into a museum.
Last night, Adickes hosted a farewell exhibit of his sculptures and recent paintings at his soon-to-be-former Sculpturworx studio.
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