Friday is estate sale day and one in particular had allure this time around. The University Hall home belongs to a relative of painter Otis Dozier, one of the Dallas nine.
Raised on a farm in Mesquite, during the 1930s Dozier became involved with the circle of regionalist artists and was a charter member of the Dallas Artists League, exhibited his work in the Dallas Allied Arts exhibitions, and from 1936 to 1938 taught at Dallas area schools.
Dozier also executed murals under the auspices of the Public Works of Art Project including murals for post offices in Giddings (1937), Arlington (1941), and Fredericksburg (1942). National recognition came with exhibitions in San Francisco (1932); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1933); and the First National Exhibition, Rockefeller Center, New York (1936).
Natural forms were always a source of inspiration, but in his latter career Dozier developed a semi-abstract style. A quote that provides some insight into his artistic theory, Dozier sais “you’ve got to start from where you are and hope to get to the universal.”
Today his works at least have national appeal. Dozier is represented in collections at the Dallas Museum or Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Denver Art Museum; the Newark Museum,the Wadsworth Atheneum i, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and elsewhere.
The estate sale features a number of paintings, sketches and prints by the artist. Original works start at about $25 and up. Some are signed, some are unsigned. Some are complete and some are simple sketches. Many have estate stamps. The sale continues today until 5 p.m. at 3220 Colgate Ave. The hours for Saturday are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Source: Texas State Historical Association