David McGee: Black Paintings

December 14, 2019

On View December 14, 2019 through March 1, 2020

Opening Reception Friday, December 13 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


This exhibition is composed mainly of thirty paintings by Houston-based painter David McGee. The abstract series titled Urban Dread consists of mixed-media paintings. The series will be in dialogue with other oil and mixed media paintings. Through thought-provoking paintings McGee explores his role as a black, male artist in 21st century America. Challenging labels, his work comments on contemporary culture and his place within it.

Born in Lockhart, Louisiana, David McGee currently resides in Houston, Texas. McGee received his BA from Prairie View A&M University, and since has become one of the most prolific and renowned painters in the Houston art scene and beyond. His paintings have been the focus of several solo exhibitions at DiverseWorks and Texas Gallery. McGee’s work is held in the collections of many prominent institutions including The Menil Collection, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Addison Gallery, Dallas Museum of Art, and Harvard University Museums. He is the recipient of multiple prestigious grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Mid- America Arts Alliance, Texas Artists and Lawyers for the Arts, and the Houston Art Alliance. His work has also been featured in a variety of publications including The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, Art in America and ARTnews.

This exhibition is generously funded in part by the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.