David Phelps

 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 him first through eighth grade.

Katie Feck, who owned a neighboring farm and was a self-taught oil painter introduced David to the concept of “Art.” Both Katie and Mrs. MacIntosh encouraged David to explore his artistic talent from a young age.

After graduating from Humboldt State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Ceramics David moved to Norman, Oklahoma in 1980 to attend graduate school and received his MFA in sculpture 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. After finishing at Kohler, he was awarded his first large-scale commission from Triad Development Co. in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has since been commissioned to create large scale sculpture across the United States including the "Desert Wildlife" installation at the Gate D Terminal of McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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. His works are in the Sandor Family Collection, Chicago, IL, The Beretta Foundation, San Antonio, TX and many more institutional collections.

Some notable private collectors of his work are Burt Reynolds;Connie Sellecca and John Tesh; as well as Barbie Benton and her husband George Gradow. His works are represented in many other public and private collections across the United States, as well as in Europe, Canada, Mexico, and South America.

David shares his life with his wife Patty Phelps. His daughter Sarah teaches Spanish at a St. Joseph’s Daycare in Norman. When not spending time with Patty or working in the studio, David can usually be found riding his old motorcycle, or practicing yoga.

“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 Phelps Artwork


7" x 17" x 11"

"Desert Pastoral"

9" x 31" x 16"

"Pastoral Dreamer (Life Size)"

17" x 60" x 31"

"Desert Dreamer"

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48" x 168" x 96"


7" x 17" x 11"


5" x 14" x 9"

"Daydreamer "

3" x 10" x 10"

"Pastoral Dreamer x2"

36" x 128" x 67"

MFA: 1984 University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK              

 BA:  1979 Humboldt State University,  Arcata, CA



2011            Pogue Art Gallery, East Central University, Ada, OK

2008            Hahn Ross Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2000            Mainsite Contemporary Art, Norman, OK

                    Hahn Ross Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1996            Oklahoma City Community College, “Sculptures of David Phelps”

1990            Firehouse Art Center; Norman, Oklahoma

1988            Charleston Heights Arts Center; Las Vegas, Nevada

                    Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

                    John Michael Kohler Arts Center*; Sheboygan, Wisconsin

1987            Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City

1986            Cottey College; Nevada, Missouri

  1985            Triad Gallery; Arlington, Texas


2005            City of Leawood, Kansas, Large-scale bronze sculpture



2004            University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK  bronze bas relief for Sharp Chapel

                    OMRF (Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation)  bronze sculpture installation

                    University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, Large-scale bronze sculpture

                    Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, OKC, OK,  bronze sculpture installation

2001            New Block Park, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Large-scale bronze sculpture

1999            Maps Canal Sculpture 1999 Oklahoma City, OK, Large-scale bronze sculpture

1998            Large scale permanent sculpture, McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada

 1992            Outdoor bronze sculpture, Sterling Research Group; Collegeville, Pennsylvania 

1991            Outdoor bronze sculpture, The City of Palm Desert, California

1989            Outdoor bronze sculpture, The City of Phoenix, Arizona

                    Outdoor bronze sculpture, The City of The Woodlands, Texax

1988            Outdoor bronze sculpture, Triad Development Co., Knoxville, Tennessee


Steve Hartnett, Grapevine, Texas

Sandor Family Collection; Chicago, Illinois

Beretta Foundation, San Antonio, Texas

The Wornick Collection; St. Helena, California

Barbie Benton, George Gradow; Aspen, CO

Connie Sellecca, John Tesh

Burt Reynolds

Museum of Art; Tennessee

Oklahoma City Art Museum

John Michael Kohler Arts Center; Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Kohler Co.; Kohler, Wisconsin



2011            BEST OF SHOW AWARD: Seven State Biennial Exhibition, Jesús Moroles juror



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