Henri Gadbois

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Henri Gadbois
HENRI GADBOIS (1930 - 2018) Born in Houston, Texas to a father working as a commercial artist for Madison Southwest, Henri Gadbois was exposed to art all his life. His father was vehemently opposed to abstract art and, although arguments regarding the subject matter were frequent, Gadbois was greatly influenced by his father. Gadbois was also strongly influenced by Noma Henderson, his high school art teacher. She introduced Gadbois to ceramics, leading to his first exhibition which featured a small bowl he created while still in high school. Gadbois graduated from Lamar High School and earned his bachelor of fine arts and master of letters from the University of Houston in 1952 and 1953, respectively. Gadbois studied under Texas greats Robert Preusser and Lowell Collins, stating that his time at the University of Houston was one of great change. During his U.S. military service in Germany, he had studio space at the University of Georgia in Furth which allowed him to continue to paint. Shortly before retiring from public school teaching, Gadbois began making faux food for the Yuletide Celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. In 1995, he started Faux Foods, a company that makes earthenware foods in the 18th and 19th Century manner for museums. Selected Biographical and Career Highlights 1930 Born in Houston, Texas 1952 BFA, University of Houston, Houston, Texas 1952 Instructor, Museum School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 1953 Master of Letters, University of Houston, Houston, Texas 1953 Registrar, Business Manager, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 1954-55 Served in U.S. Army 1956 Married artist, Leila McConnell 1956-90 Teacher, Houston Independent School District, Houston, Texas 1995-present Owner, Faux Foods© Resides in Houston, Texas Selected Prizes, Awards Houston Annual: Purchase Prize 1954, 1955; Cash Prize 1953, 1960; Materials Prize 1957; Honorable Mention 1958 1953 Cash Prize, Portrait, oil 1954 Purchase Prize/Allied Art, Red Tights, oil 1955 (December) Purchase Prize, Londschaft, Stuttgart, oil 1957 Materials Prize, Illogical Organism, oil 1958 Honorable Mention, Whiteout, oil 1960 Cash Prize, Three, oil Texas General/Annual: Purchase Prize 1961 1961 Purchase Prize/SA Art League, Katy Road, oil Selected Exhibitions · 1948 10th Texas General Exhibition 1948–1949, circulated: Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas · 1949–51 24th–26th Annual Exhibition of Works by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas · 1951 Houston Post Easter Art Contest, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas · 1952 27th Annual Exhibition of Works by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas · 1952–65 16 Texas Painters, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas · 1953 28th Annual Exhibition of Works by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (cash prize) · 1953 15th Annual Exhibition of Texas Painting and Sculpture 1953, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas · 1954 Texas Watercolor Society 5th Annual Exhibition, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas · 1954 29th Annual Exhibition of Works by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (purchase prize) · 1954 16th Annual Exhibition of Texas Painting and Sculpture 1954, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas · 1955 (March) 30th Annual Exhibition of Works by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas · 1955 (December) 31st Annual Exhibition of Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (purchase prize) · 1955 Solo, Herbert Institute, Augusta, Georgia · 1956 D. 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Feldman Collection of Contemporary Texas Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas · 1956 18th Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1956–1957, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin; Museum, Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas · 1957 Survey of Painting in Texas, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, circulated by American Federation of Arts (catalogue) · 1957 32nd Annual Houston Artists Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (materials prize) · 1958 Texas Oil ’58, A Salute to the Oil Industry of the State by Texas Painters, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, traveled to: Bank of the Southwest, Houston; Dallas Public Library, Dallas; Republic National Bank of Dallas, Texas (catalogue) · 1958 33rd Annual Houston Artists Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (honorable mention) · 1958 20th Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1958–1959, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; TFAA, Laguna Gloria Gallery, Austin; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; San Angelo Art Club, San Angelo; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas · 1959 Made in Texas by Texans, Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art, Sheraton-Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas (catalogue) · 1959 34th Annual Houston Artists Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas · 1960 22nd Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1960-1961, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas · 1960 35th Annual Houston Artists Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (cash prize) · 1961 23rd Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1961–1962, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; Museum, Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas (purchase prize) · 1962 24th Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1962–1963, circulated: Witte Museum, San Antonio; Centennial Art Museum, Corpus Christi; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas · 1962–63 Museum School Faculty Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas · 1963 25th Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1963–1964, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Centennial Art Museum, Corpus Christi; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso; Witte Museum, San Antonio; University of Texas at Austin, Texas · 1965 Longview Invitational, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, Texas · 1965 Solo, Houston Baptist College, Houston, Texas · 1965 Painters and Partners, Jewish Community Center, Houston, Texas · 1966 Opening exhibition of DuBose Gallery, Houston, Texas · 1971–72 Texas Painting and Sculpture: The 20th Century, Pollack Galleries, Owen Arts Center, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, traveled to: Witte Confluence Museum, HemisFair Plaza, San Antonio; University Art Museum, University of Texas at Austin; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth; The Museum, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas (catalogue) · 1984 Solo, Imagination Gallery, Kerrville, Texas · 1998 Early American Life Magazine Top 200 American Craftsmen · 1999 Early American Homes Magazine Top 200 American Craftsmen · 2004 A Selection of Art Made in Houston 1950-1965, Brazos Projects, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, Texas · 2004–05 Rice Institute and the Visual Arts in Houston: 1900–1960, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, Texas · 2006 Houston Art in Houston Collections: Works from 1900 to 1965, Heritage Society Museum, Houston, Texas · 2007 Texas Modern: The Rediscovery of Early Texas Abstraction (1935-1965), Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University, Waco, Texas (catalogue) · 2007–08 Urban Texas: Changing Images of an Evolving State, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas · 2008 Founders of Houston Art: Thirty Artists Who Led the Way, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2009 Back to the Future: Elements of “Modern” in Mid-Century Texas Art, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2009 Leila McConnell and Henri Gadbois: Side by Side, O’Kane Gallery, University of Houston/Downtown, Houston, Texas · 2010 The Presence of Light: Sky and Light in the Texas Landscape, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2010 Third Anniversary Show: A Tribute to Houston Artists, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2011 Lone Star Modernism: A Celebration of Mid-Century Texas Art, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2011 Southeast Texas Art: Cross-Currents and Influences, 1925–1965, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas · 2011 Portrait of Houston: 1900–2011, Alliance Gallery, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston, Texas (catalogue) · 2012 A Survey of Texas Modernists, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2012 Interpretations of the Texas Hill Country by Henri Gadbois, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2013 Restless Heart: The Collectors’ Quest to Find Texas in Art, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas · 2013 A Tribute to Texas Rivers, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2013 Rhythms of Modernism, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2013 Summer Encore Exhibition, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2013 Hill Country Love Affair: Interpretations of a Texas Heartland, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2014 Houston Founders at City Hall Art Exhibition, City Hall, Houston, Texas · 2014 A New Visual Vocabulary: Developments in Texas Modernism 1935-1965, One Allen Center, Lobby Gallery, Houston, Texas · 2014 Lone Star Masters of Modernism, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2015 Bayou City Chic: Progressive Streams of Modern Art in Houston, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas (catalogue) · 2015 The Texas Aesthetic, Annual Exhibition, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2015 Midcentury Montage: Works by Three Houston Modernists, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2015 Texas Modernists: The Abstract Impulse, Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas (catalogue) · 2016 This WAS Contemporary Art: Fine and Decorative Arts in Houston 1945-1965, Heritage Society Museum, Houston, Texas (catalogue) Selected Public Collections University of Texas at Austin, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, Texas Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas San Antonio Fine Arts Association, San Antonio, Texas Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas (1970 A Pleasant Place)
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