Seated Man #4 is composed of found materials that have traces of their former function as exteriors of homes, frameworks for buildings, and furniture. Bates engineers a lively play of opposite impulses-abstraction and representation, elegance and roughness, high and low art-in depicting a figure whose position is similar to classical representations of generals and politicians but whose humble materials and means of construction suggest an "Everyman."

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  • Title: Seated Man #4
  • Date Created: 1995
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 88 x 37 1/2 x 45 1/2 in. (2 m 23.52 cm x 95.25 cm x 115.57 cm)
  • Type: Sculpture
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5168491/
  • Medium: Paint and wood
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, Texas Artists Fund, and gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bryant M. Hanley, Jr., the Professional Members League, Mr. and Mrs. I.D. Flores III, and Mr. and Mrs. John Ford Lacy
  • Artist Nationality: American
  • Artist: David Bates