James “Jack” Boynton, 82, dies

Jack Boynton, an artist long associated with the Houston art scene, died Monday from lung cancer. He was 82. Born in 1928 in Fort Worth, he graduated from Houston’s Lamar High School and attended undergraduate and graduate school at TCU. A Texas phenom during the 1950s and 60s, his largely abstract paintings were included in surveys at the Guggenheim and Whitney museums, and he was on of 17 artists to represent the U.S. at the 1957 Brussels World Fair. During his career he taught at UH, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the University of St. Thomas, where he was instrumental in setting up their studio art department in the late 60s and early 70s. His most recent exhibition was a 6-decade survey last year at William Reaves Fine Art in Houston. His work is in the collections of the MFAH, MoMA, the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Amon Carter Museum and the Wadsworth Atheneum. Memorial services are pending; we’ll post when they’re announced.

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