DAVID McGEE (b. 1962 in Lockhart, Louisiana) received his Bachelor of Arts from Prairie View A&M University in 1985. McGee grew up in Detroit, MI, and moved to Texas in the 1980s. Specializing in painting, printmaking, and drawing, McGee explores the emotional weights of race, language, symbols, material and spiritual worlds, religion, jokes and puns, sex and art history to recontextualize and examine cultural stereotypes.
With these varied interests, McGee’s work, which ranges from abstraction to figuration, has been exhibited regularly nationally and internationally. McGee’s work is featured in numerous permanent collections across the nation, including the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy (Andover, MA); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA); Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence, RI); W. E. B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA); the Menil Collection (Houston, TX); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX); and Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX).
McGee is the recipient of multiple prestigious grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Mid- America Arts Alliance, Texas Artists and Lawyers for the Arts, and the Houston Art Alliance and received a Texan-French Alliance for the Arts award (2011), among others.
McGee lives and works in Houston, TX.