Paintings by David Adickes now on display

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It was a special night for a beloved Houston artist.

“We had our thirty-million-dollar renovation about four years ago, Omni Galleria Hotel manager Bob Cowan explains, “And you know, it’s just wonderful art and it’s an honor to be able to showcase some of his pieces.”

If you’ve lived in Houston more than a minute, you’ve already seen David Adickes works. The 76-foot statue of Sam Houston along I-45 just south of Huntsville is one of his best known pieces.

“I should have retired twenty years ago,” Adickes says. “I still like to paint, I’m doing new sculptures all the time. It’s kind of a form of insanity to keep on working after you should have stopped.”

But there’s no stopping someone like David Adickes. The Omni Galleria Hotel adopted twenty new pieces from David’s collection to accentuate their lobby. And with a hotel chain as large as theirs, that’s no small feat.

“They’re incredibly well done,” Bob Cowan says. “You know, David, he’s a world traveled artist.”

The new pieces were unveiled at a reception in the Omni’s palm court and at eighty-five-years-old, David says it’s his work that keeps him young. “If you don’t like what you do, you die early, I think. Or get bored early, I’ve never been bored. Never.”


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