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
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