David Adickes

"Don't Mess With Tess #2" Red and Green Abstract Portrait Painting 2012



Acrylic paint


Green and red-toned modern abstract figurative painting by Houston, TX artist David Adickes. The piece carries an interesting story of a character named Tess. She was out one evening for some drinks and fun when a vexing suitor started bothering her. The night ended with the said man missing. What do you think happened? All they say is "don't mess with Tess." The painting depicts two different scenes by swapping the two top panels: a scene with Tess and 10 male figures at the back, and one with only 9 male figures visible. Signed by the artist at the bottom right. Unframed but framing options are available.

Artist Biography

Born (1927) and raised in Huntsville, TX, David Adickes is an artist whose art and heart are closely aligned with Paris, France. After studying art at the Atelier F. Leger in the late 40s, Adickes burst onto the art scene in Houston and elsewhere in the early 50s and has been a prominent member of Houston’s art community ever since. While his most visible works are his giant sculptures, from the Virtuoso in downtown Houston to the 76-foot Sam Houston in his hometown of Huntsville, David Adickes has for decades produced paintings that have been acclaimed in numerous art exhibitions and galleries, both in the United States and internationally. Moreover, his paintings continue to delight collectors with a distinct blend of classic style, delightful palette, and a touch of whimsy.


H 25 in x W 29 in x D 1.5 in