A Uniquely Texan Modernism in the Paintings of Otis Dozier
Born and raised in Texas, Dozier decided to pursue art after seeing a Diego Rivera painting at the state fair. “It looked like blood and buttermilk to me,” he remarked. “I just looked and looked; the newspaper said it was so great. I was willing to learn but couldn’t understand why it was so great.” This impulse to understand Rivera’s work led him to study in Dallas, where he would become an important member of the city’s—and state’s—burgeoning arts scene.
As part of a group of mid-century painters in Texas known as the Dallas Nine, Dozier and his contemporaries filtered the precepts of European avant-garde movements, including
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