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

PRINTS

Chisos from the West Big Bend
Chisos from the West Big Bend

PRINT, 26.5 x 43.75

South Rim Winter Grand Canyon
South Rim Winter Grand Canyon

PRINT, 26 x 43.5

Sabinal River, Utopia Texas
Sabinal River, Utopia Texas

PRINT, 32 x 32

Upper Frio Late Afternoon
Upper Frio Late Afternoon

PRINT, 26 x 43.5

Frio at Garner Rocks
Frio at Garner Rocks

PRINT, 32 x 32

Christmas Mountains Big Bend
Christmas Mountains Big Bend

PRINT, 25.5 x 36 or 30 x 40

Upper Frio
Upper Frio

PRINT, 32 x 42

Rio Grande Big Bend
Rio Grande Big Bend

PRINT, 32 x 40

Mt. Evans
Mt. Evans

PRINT, 26 x 44

Chisos Mountains Morning Big Bend
Chisos Mountains Morning Big Bend

PRINT, 26 x 44

Pulliam Bluff Big Bend
Pulliam Bluff Big Bend

PRINT, 26 x 44

Burro Mesa Big Bend
Burro Mesa Big Bend

PRINT, 26 x 44

Lost Mine Peak from the North
Lost Mine Peak from the North

PRINT, 26 x 44

Green Gluch Morning Big Bend
Green Gluch Morning Big Bend

PRINT, 26 x 44

Rio Grande Near Cottonwood Campground Big Bend
Rio Grande Near Cottonwood Campground Big Bend

PRINT, 26 x 44

Virga Big Ben
Virga Big Ben

PRINT, 26 x 44

Botkin Ranch Falls
Botkin Ranch Falls

PRINT, 32 x 40

Botkin Ranch Bluff
Botkin Ranch Bluff

PRINT, 26 x 44

Franks Place Upper Frio
Franks Place Upper Frio

PRINT, 32 x 32

Upper Frio Morning
Upper Frio Morning

PRINT, 32 x 32

Upper Frio Step Falls
Upper Frio Step Falls

PRINT, 32 x 40

Upper Frio Falls Afternoon
Upper Frio Falls Afternoon

PRINT, 26 x 44

Upper Frio Late Afternoon
Upper Frio Late Afternoon

PRINT, 26 x 44

Garner Late Afternoon
Garner Late Afternoon

PRINT, 26 x 44

Twin Lakes, Beartooth Pass
Twin Lakes, Beartooth Pass

PRINT, 26 x 44

Upper Frio Afternoon
Upper Frio Afternoon

PRINT, 26 x 44

Rio Grande Near Santa Elena
Rio Grande Near Santa Elena

PRINT, 30 x 40 or 27 x 36

Tuff Canyon Big Bend
Tuff Canyon Big Bend

PRINT, 32 x 42