Frank X. Tolbert 2

Frank X. Tolbert 2


(American, b. 1945)


Frank X. Tolbert 2 is a well-known, Texas-based artist who lives and works in Houston. Tolbert 2's work is highly narrative and his earlier work reflects the traditions of the Texas Modernists and the work of Otis Dozier, under whom he studied. He also shares some stylistic elements with Latin American art and the Surrealists. Tolbert 2 has created a visual language all his own through the recurrent use of personal iconography, and his work is often interlaced with ambiguity and humor.

Tolbert 2 attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, the Texas Tech Art Extension Course at Taos, and North Texas State University in Denton. His works are part of important permanent collections at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.


Selected Biographical and Career Highlights

·      1945, Born in Washington D.C.                                                                                                   

·      1964-69, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

·      1969-70, Texas Tech Art Extension Course, Taos, New Mexico                                                                          1970-71, North Texas State University, Denton, Texas                                                                                1982, Annual Works on Paper Exhibition, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Purchase Award, Terry Allen, juror

·      1986, Dallas Observer, Best Dallas Artist Award

·     2006, Assistance Leage of Houston Celebrates Texas Art, First Prize, Houston


Selected Exhibitions

  • 2017   "Texas Bird Project," William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas
  • 2010   "Frank X. Tolbert," Studio Show, Houston, Texas
  • 2008   "Meditations on Mortality," Art Museum of Southeast, Texas, Beaumont, Texas
  • 2003   "New Drawings," Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 1999    "Berlin/Paris/Texas," Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1997   "The Gulf Coast Project 1990-1997," Mulcahy Modern Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 1994   "Frank X. Tolbert," Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1992   "Frank X. Tolbert: Recent Work," Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas


Selected Public Collections

  • Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art
  • San Antonio Museum of Art
  • Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
  • Witte Museum, San Antonio
  • Houston Museum of Fine Arts


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