CURRENT EXHIBIT

BOB "DADDY - O" WADE

COWGIRLS & CRITTERS


Opening Reception: Friday, October 26, 6 - 8 p.m.

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Bob Wade, Let'er Rip, Acrylic on Digital Canvas, 2012

Bob Wade, 2012
Let'er Rip
Acrylic on Digital Canvas


Cowgirls and Critters, an exhibition of new works by Austin artist and Fort Worth favorite, Bob "Daddy-O" Wade, will be on display October 26-November 24 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held Friday, October 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The show will include Wade's large-scale, hand-colored vintage photographs, which have garnered critical acclaim throughout Texas, across the United States, and in Europe.

Best known for his Giant Iguana at the Fort Worth Zoo, Bob Wade continues his affinity for animal imagery with Cowgirls and Critters. The exhibition combines his celebrated vintage cowgirl series with what the artist terms "interesting critters" for high art subject matter: armadillos, horny toads, and dogs, among others. Wade derives such subject matter from period photo postcards he collects that feature Tex-Mex, rodeo, and other regional themes. He then digitally enlarges each image onto canvas, where it is selectively airbrushed with color. The revitalized image reflects a transformation from kitschy memorabilia to contemporary artwork.

Muted, pre-Technicolor hues recall times gone by, and retain the antiquated appearance of the photographs. So too do they pull the subjects into the contemporary art conversation as Wade plays with scale, perspective, and object juxtaposition. Following this low-high arc, the artist monumentalizes the appropriated, everyday images, transforming them into mixed-media reflections of Texas history, culture, and the landscape. Barbed Wire Often ironic and humorous, Wade's photoworks also preserve a reverence and affinity for his homeland and its story. The final images are confrontational but friendly, quirky but highly palatable, and appealing to a wide range of aesthetic sensibilities.

Wade has a few surprises in store for the exhibition as well, including a reincarnation of a Paris window display he designed in 1977. For this installation, Wade will utilize the front window of the gallery to present his trademark cowgirls with mannequins and clothing provided by the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum. The scene will also include various other "critters" on leashes. Like Wade's other artwork, this unexpected yet intriguing scene is sure to engage and entice viewers from all walks of life.

Playing Poker with Hope will prove to be another standout piece in the show. This rendition of the famous Dogs Playing Poker image features stray dog Hope, a victim of severe abuse who was found on a ranch in Weatherford, Texas, and miraculously saved. Her story inspired the creation of the Saving Hope Foundation-an organization dedicated to helping animals in similar situations. Ten percent of all sales of dog-related pieces from this exhibition will benefit the foundation.

In addition to Wade's artwork, an essay on the artist written by contemporary Texas historian Jason Mellard, PhD, will be available at the gallery.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

A distinguished and highly regarded artist for more than three decades, Bob Wade has shown work in one-person and group exhibitions across the state in galleries and museums in Fort Worth and Dallas, Austin, El Paso, Houston, Marfa, and San Antonio, to name a few. Nationally, his work has been included in exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and internationally, in France, Germany, Japan, and Monaco, among other places. Wade has also exhibited work in the Whitney Biennial, as well as in biennials in Paris and New Orleans.

Exhibition catalogues include Bob Wade: 40 years of Blood, Sweat and Beers (2009); Armadillo Daddy-O's Texas Tales (2008); and Celebrated Skin-Tattoo Art and Artists from Austin, Texas (2006). Three books have been published about Wade and his work as well: Ridin' and Wreckin' (1996), Cowgirls (1995), and the biography Daddy-O: Iguana Heads & Texas Tales (1995). In addition to these, his work has been featured in various television and radio segments across Texas.

Wade's works appear in numerous public and corporate collections, including those of AT&T, the Austin Museum of Art, Chase Manhattan Bank, Fidelity Investments, the Houston Museum of Art and Houston's Menil Collection, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, the State Capitol of New Mexico in Santa Fe, and the Pompidou Center in Paris, among others.

Bob Wade received his BFA in painting from the University of Texas in Austin, and an MA in painting from the University of California, Berkeley. An ongoing freelance lecturer, he has also taught art at the University of North Texas in Denton, at Richland College in Dallas, and served as artist-in-residence at the Kansas City Art Institute and Northwood Institute in Cedar Hill, Texas. He has received three separate grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.


ABOUT THE GALLERY

Founded in 1974 by William and Pam Campbell, William Campbell Contemporary Art exhibits high-quality contemporary art in a variety of media, including paintings, works on paper, mixed-media constructions, photography, prints, ceramics, and sculpture. By exhibiting nationally recognized artists, along with new and emerging talent, the gallery aims to nurture an awareness and appreciation of the exciting diversity found in contemporary art.


GALLERY HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday 10am - 5:00pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm
and by appointment

Please contact Pam or Bill Campbell at wcca@flash.net or at 817-737-9566 for more information.



Previous Exhibitions

 JOHN FRASER & OTIS JONES - RECESS & RELIEF plus NEW PAINTINGS: September 8 - October 19, 2012

 VARIOUS ARTISTS - HIGH VOLTAGE: June 23- August 4, 2012

 MARK SMITH - THE EARTH BELOW: May 5 - June 16, 2012

 JEFF MUELLER / HARMONY PADGETT - R * A * V * E * L: March 24 - April 28, 2012

 STEVE MURPHY - February 18 - March 17, 2012

 LUTHER SMITH - WHERE I LIVE:PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE NORTH TEXAS LANDSCAPE : January 14 - February 11, 2012

 ROBERT MCAN - IMPLIED LANDSCAPES: December 2, 2011 - January 7, 2012

 JOACHIM KERSTEN - OPEN SKY: October 22 - November 23, 2011

 KRIS COX - CONSTRUCTED PAINTINGS: September 10- October 15, 2011

 JOHN HOLT SMITH - HARMONY PADGETT - ALLURE: THE POWER OF SUBTLE ATTRACTION: June 25 - August 6, 2011

 DALTON MARONEY - REMOTE ACCESS: May 7 - June 11, 2011

 BERND HAUSSMANN - THE SPACE IN BETWEEN: WORKS FROM THE SERIES MOUNTAINS AND OCEANS: March 26 - April 30, 2011

 JEFF KELLAR, JAMES MARSHALL, BRIAN MOORE - EXHIBITION OF NEW WORKS: February 12 - March 19, 2011

 CAROL BENSON - NEW PAINTINGS: December 2, 2010 - January 15, 2011

 KEVIN TOLMAN - Transcendent Abstraction: October 23 - November 27, 2010

 RICHARD THOMPSON - NEW LANDSCAPES: HORIZONS AND PRAIRIES: September 11, 2010 - October 16, 2010

 GALLERY ARTISTS - SIZZLE: June 26 - September 4, 2010

 CECIL TOUCHON - THE NEW BEAUTIFUL: March 27, 2010 - April 24, 2010

 RANDALL REID - IN TIMES PAST: January 30, 2010 - March 13, 2010

 BILLY HASSELL - TANGLE: December 4, 2009 - January 23, 2010

 SCOTTIE PARSONS - PIECES OF SPACE: October 24 -November 28, 2009

 J.T. GRANT - THE SIN EATER & THE ANCHORITE: September 5 - October 17, 2009

 SEVAN MELIKYAN, JEFF MUELLER, and SHAWN WALLIS - Acumen: June 20- August 15, 2009

 JUDY YOUNGBLOOD & CLIFF GARTEN - NEW WORKS: May - June, 2009

 OTIS JONES - NEW WORKS: February 14, 2009 - March 21, 2009

 BENITO HUERTA - GRAND ILLUSION: January 10, 2009 - February 7, 2009

 MARK SMITH - IN SEARCH OF MEMORY: December 5, 2008- January 3, 2009

 STEPHEN DALY - Drawings & Sculpture: OCTOBER 18 - NOVEMBER 29, 2008

 ROBERT McAN - Identity Theory: September 6 - October 11, 2008

 GALLERY ARTISTS - Recent Works: June 21 - August 23, 2008

 KEN DIXON - SACRED LANDSCAPES: May 10 - June 14, 2008

 JULIE LAZARUS - ABSTRACTED REFLECTIONS: March 29 - May 3, 2008

 BOB WADE - GUSHERS + MORE: FEB. 16 - MAR. 22, 2008

 TOM HOLLENBACK - ACRYLIC & STEEL: NOV. 30, 2007 - JAN. 6, 2008

 JAKE GILSON - WALL RELIEFS & WORKS ON PAPER: OCT. 19 - NOV. 24, 2007

 JANE HELSLANDER - FIELD PRESENCE: SEPT. 8 - OCT. 13, 2007

 SUMMER MIX - Works from artists represented by the gallery: June 30th - August 4th, 2007

 THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF TEXAS - Photographs Celebrate Texas Nature: May 12th - June 23rd, 2007

 JOACHIM KERSTEN - DIGITALIS PURPUREA: March 31 - May 5, 2007

 JANUS-STYLE NEW YEAR'S EXHIBITION - Looking Forward / Looking Back: January 19 - February 28, 2007

 NEW AND EMERGING TEXAS TALENT - Show Offs II: December 1, 2006 - January 13, 2007

 BERND HAUSSMANN - RECOLLECT: October 21 - November 25, 2006

 DALTON MARONEY - CROSSINGS: September 9 - October 14, 2006

 GROUP EXHIBITION - MAN-I-FEST: June 24 - August 5, 2006

 PATRICK KELLY - I Want Eye Candy: May 13 - June 11, 2006

 CAROL BENSON - ATTACHMENTS: April 1 - April 30, 2006

 CECIL TOUCHON - VISUAL POETRY: February 18 - March 26, 2006

 RANDALL REID & STEVE MURPHY - HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: December 2, 2005 – January 14, 2006,

 RICHARD THOMPSON - Mindful Wading: October 22 – November 26, 2005

 JOHN HOLT SMITH - Work by Tarrant County artists: June 25 – August 6, 2005

 JOURNEYS: PUBLIC & PRIVATE - SEQUENCE: THE LIGHT WE REMEMBER TO SEE, FOR BILL: September 10 - October 15, 2005

 KEVIN TOLMAN - PAINTINGS + DRAWINGS: May 14 – June 18, 2005

 SEVAN MELIKYAN - ‘AFTER’ SERIES II: April 2 – May 2, 2005

 A FOCUSED VISION - Group Exhibition: February 11 – March 26, 2005

 SCOTTIE PARSONS - NEW PAINTINGS: December 3, 2004 – January 8, 2005

 J.T. GRANT - BÊTE NOIRE: September 18 – October 23, 2004

 SURFACE - Group Exhibition: June 19 – September 4, 2004

 JUDY YOUNGBLOOD - NEW WORK: May 1 - June 5, 2004



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