Bert Samples

(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

August 25, 2020 artist conversation featuring Bert Samples and Floyd Newsum. Moderated by Maria C. Gaztambide, PhD, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art UHS.

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