Upper right: (on left wall) Susan Sales, Rainy Day, 2005, oil on canvas, 40 x 32 in.; on large back wall: Susan Singleton, untitled commissioned wall sculpture, 2008, bamboo and
rice paper, 144 x 48 x 6. 5 in.; (sculpture in corner) Jorge Marin, Angel Arrodillado Roto, bronze, 12 x 9 x 9 in.; Monaco dining table by Giorgio Cattelan with Sharon Dining Chairs
by Ca'Nova Design. Lower right: (over the fireplace) David Lin, Plummet, 2007, oil on canvas, 36 x 30 in.; (behind the sofa) Cary Henrie, Above the Mist, 2003, oil on canvas, 48 x
48 in.; mirror-image Delarobbia Monti Sofas, Italy with Milano cocktail table. Lower left: Caroline Jane Harris, Untitled, 2012, hand-cut layered matte paper, 22. 4 x 29. 1 x 2. 2 in.
Among the Latino artists in their collection are the
Mexican brothers, Jorge and Javier Marín. Jorge’s exhibition
Wings of the City, sponsored by the Consulate General of
Mexico, placed nine of his sculptures in and around the
Dallas Arts District and beyond. Javier is also a sculptor.
But whereas Jorge’s work is smooth and refined, Javier’s is
centered on process. This figurative work is deliberately left
coarse while depicting classical ideals of human proportion.
Among many other international exhibitions, Javier’s work
represented Mexico in the 2003 Venice Biennale.
Morales and Suarez are also connected to the local
art community. A non-objective work by local painter
Susan Sales was an early acquisition. “It made me think of
Impressionist gardens,” says Morales. Musings such as this
keep the work interesting for both of them. A few years ago,
they acquired Max Grossman’s digital print Latin America
Bookscape at the Dallas Art Fair. For Suarez, it represents “an
idealized collection of Spanish art books.” This faux library
hanging in their home library gives them another point of
Both collectors are also drawn to texture in painting and
sculpture. For Morales, a plastic surgeon, the feeling and the
rendering of bodies and faces is of particular interest. David
Crismon’s depiction of skin is particularly noteworthy in
the serene beauty of Raphael’s Girlfriend. Sculpturally, texture
manifests itself in several pieces, from a ceramic and mixed
media work by Jessica Dupuis to a sculpted head of Marie
Therese Walter by Picasso.
Several of their works have been commissioned. A
sculpture by Susan Singleton, crafted from bamboo and
handmade rice paper, plays off the lines of the nearby
floor-to-ceiling windows. Artist Michelle Williams was
commissioned to paint a series of nine panels for the landing
of the staircase. For Morales, these non-objective works are a
reminder of the West Texas landscape of his youth.
Harold Siefert’s Human Body series infuses the collection
with humor. The Houston artist’s miniature houses and
people rendered in bronze serve as doorstops for several