David began the study of painting during high school years in Houston, Texas, and later earned his BFA from the University of Houston before completing his MFA graduate studies at Yale University. Throughout these early years, he began to exhibit regularly and was also invited to be in group shows. He has since had numerous solo exhibitions, and his paintings are featured in corporate and private collections all over the country. He has received two National Endowments for the Arts and many other prestigious awards. He has also contributed photography to the digital oratorio Corpo, Carne e Espírito, which premiered at FIT Festival Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

 

David has a close affinity for the terrain of the west, especially that of Big Bend, Utah and Arizona. He travels to these areas regularly gathering 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.

ARTIST STATEMENT

“I would like to thank my parents, friends, teachers, and patrons for the many years of support they have given me. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge Myrtle Caton – my very first teacher, and a fine portrait painter. ​Thanks to Richard Stout who opened my eyes and introduced me to Caspar David Friedrich. Thanks to Deborah Goolsby for friendship and support. And thanks to Harris Gallery, and Harrison Itz, for 20 years of representation. Thank you Johannes Birringer for 30 years of friendship, and for creating this website. Most of all, I would like to thank my old friend and teacher Bill Zaner who told an overly ambitious 16 year old that he did not teach children. Bill I still learn from you.” ~David Caton

EDUCATION

 

1979      BFA, University of Houston, Houston, TX
1982      MFA, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1981       Teaching Asst. to Gretna Campbell
1982      Teaching Asst. to Samia Halaby

AWARDS


1987      National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant
1985      National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant
1980      Ford Foundation Graduate Assistance Grant, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
1979      European Travel Grant, administered through the Museum of Fine Arts Houston
1974      Houston Post Scholastic Award, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

DAVID CATON

Frio at Garner Afternoon
Frio at Garner Afternoon

36 x 48

Eddies, Frio at Garner
Eddies, Frio at Garner

48 x 48

Frio Below the 1050 Bridge Garner
Frio Below the 1050 Bridge Garner

36 x 48

Frio at Garner, Late Afternoon
Frio at Garner, Late Afternoon

Oil, 24 x 30

Slickrock Mountain & Croton Peak Big Bend
Slickrock Mountain & Croton Peak Big Bend

Oil, 36 x 48

Hot Spring Canyon East
Hot Spring Canyon East

Oil 36 x 48

Croton Peak from East
Croton Peak from East

OIL, 36 x 48

Below 1050 Bridge Garner
Below 1050 Bridge Garner

OIL, 30 x 40

Late Afternoon Garner
Late Afternoon Garner

OIL, 30 x 48

Little Creek on Botkin Ranch
Little Creek on Botkin Ranch

OIL, 36 x 48

Fresno Creek Big Bend
Fresno Creek Big Bend

OIL, 20 x 24

Hot Springs Canyon #5
Hot Springs Canyon #5

OIL, 20 x 16

Mule Ears Mornin' Big Bend
Mule Ears Mornin' Big Bend

OIL, 30 x 48

Garner Early Morning
Garner Early Morning

OIL, 36 x 48

Frio at Garner Late Afternoon
Frio at Garner Late Afternoon

OIL, 30 x 40

Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend 36x48
Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend 36x48

OIL, 36 x 48

Hot Springs Canyon, Big Bend
Hot Springs Canyon, Big Bend

OIL, 36 x 48

Caton Frio at Garner Early Autumn
Caton Frio at Garner Early Autumn

OIL, 24 x 48

Mule Ears from the North
Mule Ears from the North

OIL, 16 x 20

Boquillas Canyon, Big Bend
Boquillas Canyon, Big Bend

OIL, 30 X 48

River Road Big Bend Ranch
River Road Big Bend Ranch

OIL, 40 x 60

Frio at Garner #7
Frio at Garner #7

OIL, 11 x 14

Frio at Garner, Late Fall Afternoon
Frio at Garner, Late Fall Afternoon

OIL, 40 x 60

Pulliam Bluff, Big Bend
Pulliam Bluff, Big Bend

Oil, 13 x 24

Santa Elena Canyon Downstream
Santa Elena Canyon Downstream

Oil, 40 x 60

Grand Canyon - South Rim
Grand Canyon - South Rim

SOLD Oil, 60 x 48

Santa Elena
Santa Elena

OIL, 30 x 27

Frio at Garner - State Park (SOLD)
Frio at Garner - State Park (SOLD)

OIL, 48 x 60

Mule Ears #4 (SOLD)
Mule Ears #4 (SOLD)

OIL, 11 x 14

Frio at Garner #6 (SOLD)
Frio at Garner #6 (SOLD)

OIL, 11 x 14

Upper Frio - West Prong (SOLD)
Upper Frio - West Prong (SOLD)

OIL, 36 x 48

Dead Horse Point (SOLD)
Dead Horse Point (SOLD)

OIL, 36 x 48

Hot Springs Canyon #7 (SOLD)
Hot Springs Canyon #7 (SOLD)

OIL, 16 x 20

Hot Springs Canyon #9 (SOLD)
Hot Springs Canyon #9 (SOLD)

OIL, 16 x 20

West Prong Downstream (SOLD)
West Prong Downstream (SOLD)

OIL, 48 x 60

Upper Frio Morning (SOLD)
Upper Frio Morning (SOLD)

OIL, 16 x 20

West Side of the Chisos - Big Bend #1
West Side of the Chisos - Big Bend #1

(SOLD) OIL, 11 x 14

West Side of the Chisos - Big Bend #2
West Side of the Chisos - Big Bend #2

(SOLD) OIL, 11 x 14

Mule Ears #2 - Big Bend (SOLD)
Mule Ears #2 - Big Bend (SOLD)

OIL, 9 x 12

Garner - 'Frio' Early Morning #1(SOL
Garner - 'Frio' Early Morning #1(SOL

OIL, 9 x 12

River Road to the East - Big Bend State Park
River Road to the East - Big Bend State Park

(SOLD) OIL, 16 x 20

Fresno Creek - Big Bend State Park
Fresno Creek - Big Bend State Park

(SOLD) OIL, 16 x 20

Frio At Garner-Late Afternoon (SOLD)
Frio At Garner-Late Afternoon (SOLD)

OIL, 36 x 48

East Side of the Chisos Mountains (SOLD)
East Side of the Chisos Mountains (SOLD)

OIL, 16 x 20

Santa Elena Canyon (SOLD)
Santa Elena Canyon (SOLD)

OIL, 54 x 48

Mule Ears #1 - Big Bend (SOLD)
Mule Ears #1 - Big Bend (SOLD)

OIL, 16 x 20

Tenaya Creek, Yosemite - 1 (SOLD)
Tenaya Creek, Yosemite - 1 (SOLD)

OIL, 20 x 24

Santa Elena Canyon - Big Bend (SOLD)
Santa Elena Canyon - Big Bend (SOLD)

OIL, 48 x 48

The Rio Grand from the River Road Big Bend State Park (SOLD)
The Rio Grand from the River Road Big Bend State Park (SOLD)

OIL, 16 x 20

Tenaya Creek, Yosemite-4 (SOLD)
Tenaya Creek, Yosemite-4 (SOLD)

OIL, 16 x 20

South Rim - Grand Canyon (SOLD)
South Rim - Grand Canyon (SOLD)

OIL, 36 x 48

SOLD PIECES