Ted Cowart

"Saguaro Sun Dance II" Contemporary Abstract Teal and Rust Red Cactus Painting 21st Century



Mixed Media, Paper


Contemporary abstract landscape painting of cacti that incorporates white, orange, and teal tones. The painting is signed in the lower left corner. Currently hung in a complimentary white frame.

Artist Biography

Ted Cowart has spent his lifetime dancing with the call to be a painter. When he was just a few years old and living in Houston his parents gave him a large chalk board and boxes of colored chalk. He used them to entertain his parents' friends with drawings of objects, people and animals. By the time he was eight he had won many prizes for his drawings and posters. It led to a scholarship to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston art classes. For the next ten years he attended the classes, working them around his regular schooling. As much as the classes benefited him however, he was also getting an education he was not aware of and one that would form the soul of his works today. "During that time, I was surrounded by the classics, especially the great artists of the early 20th century," Cowart says. "Those art movements were a great influence on me." Ted's college education began at the University of Houston, where he was a fine arts major and award winning set designer for university operas and productions. Shortly thereafter he heard about the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design. His calling suddenly had a destination. With stubborn determination, he decided to seek admission and soon became one of the youngest students ever accepted. Comparing it to the most grueling of boot camps, the college put him to the test. He emerged on fire. With a newfound thirst for experience and adventure, Cowart thought he might have to put things on hold when it came time to do military service. But his enlistment turned into an opportunity, not only to see the timeless beauty of the old continent but to expand his artistic talents (and income) painting portraits of officers and their wives. After the service, he remained in Europe, using his art to make ends meet. He traveled until money began to run short - finally finding himself drawing flamenco dancers in a Barcelona restaurant. With the decision made to return to the States, Cowart let a friend take his works to several agencies in New York. In a matter of weeks, Cowart had many offers. Because of its diversity of clients, he went with Hockaday Associates and soon entered the wild and rough design world of New York City. By then it was around 1974, and an offer had come from Neiman Marcus to take on a project in Dallas. The chance to return to his home state as well as work for the most famous retail store in Texas could not be passed up. At the end of the project, he made the decision to return to Houston to live. His advertising business thrived in Texas, keeping him dashing between Dallas and Houston. He began painting prolifically. New styles emerged. Old styles were revised. He bought a second home in Palm Springs and there had his first solo show. Dozens of shows, galleries and international collections later, Cowart has found his passion and lives it.

Dimensions With Frame

H 35 in. x W 27 in. x D 1.25 in.

Dimensions Without Frame

H 29 in. x W 21 in.