(American, b. 1955)
Idolatry Castrates Bulls in the Red, 1980
Acrylic on Board; 35.5 x 48 inches
Acquired in 1986
Studying under John Biggers at Texas Southern University, Bertram Samples helped shape the visual art scene in Houston. His early work as a painter represented the potential for visual art to a community whose art was comprised of music. Continuing his education Samples received his MFA from the University of Houston and was honored with a teaching fellowship at the university. He has been an artist in resident at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and was named one of the “Up-and-coming Black Artists” by the Houston Chronicle. Born in Houston, Samples’ interest in collage and surrealism moved him from paintings to other mediums such as his “Manu Languidly Stirs Songs in the Grip of Shadow and Light” in five double layered panels of etched glass at the University of Houston-Downtown.
University of Houston