DALLAS — Heritage Auctions goes regional on its home turf with Texas Art, a round-up of Texas-based artists and their works documenting the Lone Star State on Saturday, December 2. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.
Bastrop’s own and one of the first Mexican Americans to gain fame in the art world, Porfirio Salinas (1910-1973) devoted his artistic life to capturing the natural beauty of Texas. Seven of his original works are in the sale, led by Texas Fall, a verdant landscape of Texas Hill Country. Consigned from a private San Antonio collection, the work is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
Bob Schrope ‘Daddy-O’ Wade (1943-2019) was a renowned sculptor and installation artist known as a pioneer of the Texas Cosmic Cowboy counterculture. With comical installations such as San Antonio’s World’s Largest Cowboy Boots, Wade brought audacity and a distinctive style to all his works. Hood Ropin’ from 2003 is an acrylic over a digital canvas print and is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.
Dallas-based artist David Bates (b. 1952-) announced his retirement in 2021. Demand for his works have continued to rise, particularly items from The Katrina Collection series. The top lot in the sale is Tennessee Street II, a 2007 oil on canvas in which Bates captures the pathos of lives shattered in the aftermath of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans in 2005. As Heritage Auctions notes, “Bates already had a long history of painting the Gulf Coast — swamps, bayous, communities, fishermen, wildlife — and this series hit hard and made an impression on even the most critical audience. ” It carries an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.
Though not Texan, Julian Onderdonk (1882-1922) is represented in the sale with three works. Interestingly, the large 30 by 37in oil-on-canvas Early Morning from 1904 is signed Chas. Turner, his pseudonym for works sold through his art dealer Charles Tunison. Doing so ensured Tunison would control Onderdonk’s sales and prohibit buyers from interacting directly with the artist. It comes framed by Onderdonk himself, and is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
Art historian and Onderdonk expert James Graham Baker described Early Morning for Heritage: “…a rising sun viewed from the highlands of Arrochar looking southeast out to the Lower Bay of New York and on to the Atlantic. It is dated 1904, during the time Julian and Guy du Bois had opened the Onderdonk School of Art at the old Barrett Mansion in Arrochar, when Julian had begun to roam the Staten Island landscape, painting scenes that captured his visual interests.”