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David L. Payne

by Joe R. Taylor

First Floor

David L. Payne by Joe R. Taylor
Photo by John Jernigan

The Artwork

David L. Payne is known as Oklahoma's original boomer and has been called the father of Oklahoma for his push to settle the unassigned lands which Payne considered to be public domain.

David L. Payne by Joseph Richard Taylor was a gift by George E. Massey. Taylor's sculptures are among the most prominent in the state, his sculpture of Dr. William Bennett Bizzell is in front of the library that bears his name at the University of Oklahoma. Two of Taylor's bronze bust sculptures are on display at the Capitol. The bust is located on the first floor.

The Artist

Joseph Richard Taylor, was born February 1, 1907 in Wilbur, Washington, he grew up in Canada and died December 1, 2000 in Norman, Oklahoma. Taylor received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Washington. Taylor also studied at Columbia University for a short time in 1940. He started teaching at the University of Oklahoma in 1933 and held a David Ross Boyd Distinguished Professorship from 1963 until becoming Emeritus in 1971. After retiring he continued to create works of art in wood, bronze and stone. Taylor received the Governors Lifetime Service Award for excellence in the Arts in 1978. Taylor also owned and operated a ranch in Grady County, Oklahoma that raised purebred cattle.