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The Inevitable Question, The Lure of Simple Inclinations, and The False Shadow of Transformation, 2016
Dimensions: 8 feet x 17 feet x 11 feet
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Known for his craftsmanship and use of primal materials such as wood and clay, Chadbourne's work is often likened to a body of cultural artifacts. The visual and ritual impact of these beautiful objects is made more complex by their provocative,poetic and often paradoxical titles. They are, in essence, monuments to irrational ideas and human impulses.

Born in Bryan, Texas in 1949, Chadbourne received a BFA in 1971 from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas and an MFA in 1973 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. After many years teaching studio art and art history at the college level, Chadbourne quit in 1989 to devote himself full-time to his work.He has exhibited extensively, including more than 100 one-person exhibitions. He resides in San Antonio with his wife Diana Roberts also an important figure in the art world.

The process to procure the sculptures started in 2015 in consultation with the artist and the family of James A. Smallenberger, whose contribution made this acquisition possible. The three large-scale, high-fired ceramic works complement the building and the seaside setting of the Art Center’s growing collection of outdoor works by important Texas sculptors such as James Surls, Kent Ullberg,and Rockport’s own Jesús Moroles.

The three Chadbourne’s signature ceramic works form an almost ritual grouping outside, emphasizing the artist’s interest in natural materials, bold use of color, and evocative forms. 

Chadbourne often describes his large sculptural forms as “monuments to abstract, even irrational, impulses.”Entitled The Inevitable Question, The Lure of Simple Inclinations, and The False Shadow of Transformation, the sculptures are representative of the artist’s artistic vision.  The largest work is over 8 feet tall, the other two pieces measure over 6 feet.