Kermit Oliver

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Kermit  Oliver Nest Robber
Nest Robber, 1991
acrylic on paper
24.5 x 17 in
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Kermit  Oliver Portrait of Woman
Portrait of Woman, c.1972
charcoal and conte crayon on paper
30 x 20 in
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Kermit  Oliver Return from Flight to Egypt
Return from Flight to Egypt, 1977
acrylic drybrush on paper
4.5 x 5.5 in
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Kermit  Oliver Road to Damascus_ BG Study
Road to Damascus, BG Study, 1977
acrylic drybrush on paper
4.5 x 5.5 in
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Kermit  Oliver

Kermit Oliver

Kermit Oliver Description

KERMIT OLIVER (b. 1943)

Kermit Oliver was born in Refugio, Texas, the son and grandson of African American working cowboys. He majored in art and education at Texas Southern University and graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree and teaching certificate. Throughout college, Kermit was nurtured by professor and artist, John Biggers. In his junior year, he attended an artist seminar class conducted by Willem de Kooning's wife, Elaine de Kooning, at Rice University.

Much has been written about Oliver: self-described recluse, night postal worker, designer of Hermes scarves.

Selected Biographical and Career Highlights

  • 1943 Born in Refugio, Texas
  • 1962 Married Katie Washington
  • 1966 Seminar, Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • 1967 BFA, Art and Education, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas
  • 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, Art League of Houston, Texas
  • Resides in Waco, Texas

Selected Exhibitions

·       1971 Baytown Community Center, Baytown, Texas

·       1971 Solo, DuBose Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1972 Art League of Houston, Texas

·       1973 Assistance League of Houston, Texas

·       1973 Service League of Port Arthur, Port Arthur, Texas

·       1974 Assistance League of Houston, Texas

·       1974 Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont, Texas

·       1974 Jewish Community Center of Houston, Texas

·       1975 Blacks in the Western Movement, Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, Washington, DC

·       1975 Assistance League of Houston, Texas

·       1976 Union Carbide Building, New York, New York

·       1978 Solo, DuBose Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1979 Doors: Houston Artists, Alley Theatre, Houston Festival, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1979 O’Kane Gallery, University of Houston/Downtown, Houston, Texas

·       1979 2719 Gallery, Dallas, Texas

·       1980 Sewall Art Gallery, Rice University, Houston, Texas

·       1981 Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Texas

·       1981 Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

·       1981 Solo, DuBose Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1981 San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas

·       1982 Art from Houston in Norway 1982, Stavanger Kunstforening, Norway; Tromso Kunstforening, Norway; Christiansand Kunstforening, Norway; Oslo Kunstforening, Norway (catalogue)

·       1982 Art League of Houston, Texas

·       1982 Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

·       1983 Solo, DuBose Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1985 Fresh Paint: The Houston School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, traveled to: Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Inc. (MoMA PS1), Queens, New York; Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (catalogue)

·       1980’s to present, Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Houston, Texas

·       1989 Kermit Oliver: Contemporary Allegories of the Mythical and the Spiritual, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas

·       1989-90 Kermit Oliver: Current Allegories, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas; Art Center of Waco, Texas

·       1990 The Blues Aesthetic: Black Culture and Modernism, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Texas

·       1992 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Art Center of Waco, Texas

·       1993 Kermit Oliver, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, Texas

·       1993 Texas Contemporary: Acquisitions of the 90s, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1994 Matrix Series 3: Veiled Images, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas and SFA Gallery, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas

·       1995 Texas Myths and Realities, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1996 Five, Art Center of Waco, Texas

·       1997 Kermit Oliver: Painting, Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas

·       2003 A Panoramic View, University Museum, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas

·       2002 Fourth International Biennial: Beau Monde: Toward a Redeemed Cosmopolitanism, SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico

·       2005 Retrospective, Notes from a Child’s Odyssey: The Art of Kermit Oliver, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       2006 Katie and Kermit Oliver, Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       2006 Houston Art in Houston Collections: Works from 1900 to 1965, Heritage Society Museum, Houston, Texas

·       2007 Homecoming: The 3rd Biennial TSU Art Alumni Invitational, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas

·       2008 Founders of Houston Art: Thirty Artists Who Led the Way, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2008 Houston Collects: African American Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       2008 Then and Now: The World of Kermit Oliver, Beeville Art Museum, Beeville, Texas

·       2009 A Texas Sampler: Vintage Paintings by Thirty Texas Artists, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2009 Texas Paper: Watercolors, Pastels and Drawings from the Lone Star State, 1938-2008, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2009-10 Kermit Oliver Retrospective, Art Center of Waco, Texas

·       2010 Third Anniversary Show: A Tribute to Houston Artists, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2010 200 Years of African American Art: The Arthur Primas Collection, Irving Arts Center, Irving, Texas

·       2011 Lone Star Modernism: A Celebration of Mid-Century Texas Art, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2011 Converging Voices, Transforming Dialogue: Selections from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection, University Museum, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas

·       2012 A Survey of Texas Modernists, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2013 Rhythms of Modernism, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2013 Kermit Oliver: Tracing Our Pilgrimage, Art League of Houston Gallery, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       2013 Summer Encore Exhibition, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2014 Lone Star Portraits, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

·       2015 Bayou City Chic: Progressive Streams of Modern Art in Houston, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas (catalogue)

Selected Commissions

1999 Jonathan, Congregation Emanu El, Houston, Texas

2001 Elijah Reflecting As He Gathers His Mantle, Congregation Emanu El, Houston, Texas

2003 Resurrection, Morrow Chapel, Trinity Episcopal Church, Houston, Texas

Selected Public Collections

  • Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
  • El Paso Museum, El Paso, Texas
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
  • San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas

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