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by Todd Camplin

David Dike Fine Art is having their annual auction this January 21st. If you want to get a sense
of Texas history depicted by the artists, this is a perfect place to experience the past. If you
have in your head any cliche notions about art from Texas past, this show will help dispel
any preconceived ideas.

Sure, a few pieces are cowboys, after all this is Texas, but the diversity of art is pretty impressive.
Lots of landscapes, some portraits, and still lifes works are available, but there is also some
non-objective abstract work that deals with formal elements on display.
Edmund Kinzinger’s Cubist Nude is a great example of a cubist work. I am reminded Braque’s
Large Nude, only Kinzinger uses more vibrant colors and his nude is far less coy. Plus, I could
conceivably afford Kinzinger’s cubist work. William Lester has several pieces that are in the
regionalist style that exaggerated the landscape, similar to Thomas Hart Benton. Speaking
of Benton, there is one of those too. For a bit more of a surreal look, Kelly Fearing has made
an image of a hanging textile with birds pecking at a blue floor. Deforrest Judd’s work also
has some high Modernist style and reminds me a bit of Georgia ‘O'Keeffe. I enjoyed the
simple line work of Robert Preusser. Phil Kimbrough has two works that remind me of Stuart
Davis in style, which I enjoy.

Only a few times have felt so connected by a random portrait, Emily Guthrie Smith managed
to make a portrait of a girl with which I somehow felt entranced. Smith was part of the locally
important group of artists that came out of Fort Worth. Valton Tyler stands out as one of the
strangest artists in the auction. I know the Valley House shows his work. Surreal doesn’t fully
describe him.  He’s more of an enigma because he is hard to pin down as belonging to
anything. I have seen him described as futurist and I guess that is somewhat accurate.  

Personally, if you want to build a collection that fills in some of the history of our area then
this would be a great place to start. Or if you are just interested in some traditional pieces
that are made by at least recognizable artists with some reputation, then this would be
a good place to start collecting. Also if you want to look around to see where we have
come from, and then go visit the contemporary art galleries, you might get a little
context. No matter the reason, the at least the preview shows if not the auction itself
will be worth you time to see.
The previews for the artworks are on January 10-14 and 16-20 from 10am to 5pm at Wildman Art
Framing in the Design District. There is also a preview reception on the 19th from 5:30pm to
8:30pm. Bidding is on the 21st of January and starts 12 noon sharp.

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Edmund Kinzinger, Cubist Nude, 1936,
oil on board
Robert Preusser, Warlike Theme, 1938,
oil on masonite

Valton Tyler, Salute to Glory ,
oil on canvas