David Caton

David Caton

DAVID CATON (b. 1955) 

David Caton is a painter whose work spans three decades of exploring landscape, still life, architectural, and mythological painting. Caton began to study painting during his high school years in Houston. He earned his BFA from the University of Houston and completed his MFA graduate studies at Yale University.  Throughout his early years, Caton exhibited regularly and was invited to be in group shows. He has since had numerous solo exhibitions, and his paintings are featured in corporate and private collections across the country.   

Caton has a close affinity for the terrain of the west, especially that of the Big Bend region of Texas and the states of Utah and Arizona. He travels to these areas regularly to gather plein air painting material for future paintings. He usually executes studies in oil or pastel before completing the larger canvases. His refined technique and love for depicting the grandeur and drama that exist in nature have generated works that are both monumental and compelling. 

Selected Biographical and Career Highlights 

1955 Born in Pasadena, California 

1974 Houston Post Scholastic Award, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 

1979 European Travel Grant, administered through the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 

1979 BFA, University of Houston 

1980 Ford Foundation Graduate Assistance Grant, Yale University 

1981 Teaching Assistant to Gretna Campbell 

1982 Teaching Assistant to Samia Halaby 

1982 MFA, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 

1985 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant 

1987 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant 

Resides in Utopia, Texas 

Selected Exhibitions 

1975 Annual Spring Exhibition, Cullen Center, Houston 

1975 Truair, Hornbuckle, Sellers, and Caton, One Allen Center Houston 

1977 Houston Invitational Painting, Max Hutchinson Gallery, Houston 

1977 Houston Area ShowBlaffer Gallery, University of Houston 

1979 Max Hutchinson Gallery, Houston 

1979 Miniature Show, Lawndale Annex, University of Houston 

1981 MSU Gallery, Texas A&M University, College Station 

1982 Art and Architecture Gallery, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 

1983 Group Show, Diverse Works, Houston 

1984–86 Wilhelm Gallery, Houston 

1986 Lawndale Lab Show, Lawndale Art & Performance Center, Houston 

1987–88 Bienville Gallery, New Orleans 

1987–88 Wilhelm Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona 

1988 Houston '88, Cullen Center, Houston 

1988–90 Bell Ross Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee 

1993 Fur, Fins, Feathers and More; A Multi-Media Menagerie, Galveston Art Center, Galveston 

1994 Romancing The Land, Galveston Art Center, Galveston 

1994 Landscape Without Figures, Hooks Epstein Gallery, Houston 

1996 Intimate, Houston Area Small Works Exhibition, Davis Gallery/ Pennzoil Place Gallery, Houston 

2001 A Sense of Place, Curator: Sally Sprout, Williams Tower, Houston 

2001 David Caton & Libby Johnson, Harris Gallery, Houston 

2001 Living and Working in Texas, Park Central VII, VIII and IX, Dallas 

2001 Opening Exhibition, Barbara Able Gallery, Santa Fe 

2001 Group Exhibition, Park Central VII, Dallas 

2001 Still Lifes, Transco Tower, Houston 

2001 Texas Landscapes, Transco Tower, Houston 

2002 Group Exhibition, Harris Gallery, Houston 

2002 Group Exhibition, Curator: Sally Sprout, Williams Tower, Houston 

2004 David Caton and Bill Zaner, Harris Gallery, Houston 

2015 Painting in the Texas Tradition: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Spring 

2015 Ties that Bind: Contemporary Regionalism, Turner House, Dallas 

2016 Solo show, Reaves/Foltz Fine Art, Houston,Texas 

2016 The Texas Aesthetic X, William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art, Houston, Texas 

2017 Solo show, Hunt Gallery, San Antonio, Texas 

2017 The Texas Aesthetic XI, William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Gallery, Houston, Texas 

2018 Texas Aesthetic XII, William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Gallery, Houston, Texas 

2019 The New Show , Foltz Gallery, Houston, Texas  

2019  The Texas Aethetic: Thirty Contemporary Artists Redefining Texas Art, Foltz Fine Art, Houston, Texas 

2019 Storied Lands, Contemporary Texas Landscape Painters, Foltz Fine Art, Houston, Texas 

2020 The Texas Aesthetic, Foltz Fine Art, Houston, Texas

2021 Contemporary Texas Regionalist Landscapes, Foltz Fine Art, Houston, Texas



Selected Public Collections 

Dallas: Electronic Data Systems; Heritage Media; Northern TrustSociete Generale 

Houston: American General Corp.; Andrews Kurth; Bank of America; Bank One; Chase Bank; Chevron; Dow Chemical; Duke Energy; Fidelity Investment; First City Bank; Hilton AmericasHoussiere, Durant & Doussiere; MD Anderson Hospital; Marathon Oil; Methodist Hospital; Northern TrustQuanexSchlumberger; Tenneco Inc.; Transco Energy; Vinson & Elkins; Watt, Beckworth & Thompson; West University Bank 

Other Texas locations: Chase Bank, San Antonio; Omni American Credit Union, Fort Worth; POGO, Midland; Scott, Douglass & McConnico, Austin; St. Luke’s Hospital, The Woodlands; Texas A&M University, College Station; USAA, San Antonio 

Other states: AGL Resources, Atlanta, Georgia; Fidelity Investment, Denver, Colorado; Northwestern University Hospital, Chicago, IllinoisSacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene, Oregon 



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