Otis Dozier, ‘Sunflowers and Crows’, 1970, Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden

About Otis Dozier

Otis Dozier was an active figure in the Texan artist group known as the Dallas Nine, which was united by a common interest in European avant-garde influences. Though his mature style borrowed from Cubism and Surrealism, Dozier was first inspired to paint after seeing the works of Diego Rivera. He was largely self-taught until 1938, when he attended the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and studied with Boardman Robinson. He considered his time there a turning point in his career, in part because he developed his life-long love for painting the Rocky Mountains: “Mountains have a bony structure, just like everything else. When you realize a mountain is a moving thing, you know there is movement in everything,” he once said. Other common subjects found in Dozier’s works include farmers in the Great Depression, ghost towns, and his immediate surroundings.

American, 1904-1987, based in Dallas, Texas