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David Phelps

3 N Ellison Avenue
Oaklahoma City, OK 73106, U.S.A.
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Phone: 405 752-9512

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  • David Phelps is an internationally collected sculptor who lives and works in Oklahoma City. David grew up on a family farm in California. He attended elementary school in a one room schoolhouse on Roberts Island where his elementary teacher, Mrs. MacIntosh, taught first through eighth grade. Both she and Katie Feck, his oil-painting neighbor, encouraged David to explore his artistic talent from a young age.
  • David moved to Norman in 1980 to attend graduate school and received his MFA in sculpture from the University of Oklahoma in 1984. He was awarded a regional NEA Fellowship in 1985 and a six-month residency in the Kohler Arts/Industry program in Wisconsin in 1987. A
  • fter finishing at Kohler, he was awarded his first large-scale commission from Triad Development Co. in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has been creating both large and small bronze sculptures ever since. David's work can be seen at Hahn Ross Gallery in Santa Fe as well as JRB Gallery in Oklahoma City. His most recent large-scale commissions have gone to Minneapolis, Kansas City, Tulsa, the University of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in OKC.
  • Some notable collectors of his work are Burt Reynolds, Connie Seleka and John Tesh, and Barbie Benton and her husband George Gradow. His works are represented in other public and private collections across the United States, as well as in Europe, Canada, Mexico, and South America.
  • David shares his life with Patty O'Neil. His daughter Sarah studies Letters and Spanish at OU. When not spending time with Patty or Sarah or working in the studio, David can usually be found riding his old motorcycle, practicing yoga or rollerblading around lake Hefner.
  • “The imagery of my figurative bronze sculpture is rooted in my early years growing up on the family farm on Roberts Island in the California Delta. Surrounded by water and threatened by drought I was unknowingly developing my lifelong aesthetic foundation. My figurative bronzes, ranging up to three times life-size, appear to emerge from the ground. They are serenely contemplative, and each piece is imbued with a dry, subtle sense of humor.” David Lawrence Phelps