Herbert Mears (1923-1999), Old House in Galveston, oil on board, sight: 19.25 x 15.25", frame: 27.5 x 23.5" Depicts the Southen Chiropractic Arts Center.
Born in New York City, Herb Mears was interested in art from a young age. He studied under Fernand Leger in Paris and went on to paint and study in various studios in France and Italy before his arrival in Houston, Texas in 1951. With colleague David Adickes, whom he had met in Paris, Mears decided to open an art school. Their Studio of Contemporary Arts finally settled in an old building on Main Street with Mears and Adickes hoping to give classes to potential students. Later, Mears was involved in the Contemporary Arts Association. From the Contemporary Arts Association to the Art League of Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts, Mears began to gain recognition. An abstract won a prize at a competition held by the Museum of Fine Arts, earning him a teaching position at the Museum School. Mears also taught at the Contemporary Arts Museum, University of Houston, and Rice University.