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Dave Smith

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Birthplace
U.K

Lives in
California

Tags
surrealism, landscape, realism, pop

Current Exhibitions and Events
Dec, 2014 NE7 'The Antillean: An Ecology'
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
 
Nov, 2014 Slightly Salacious
West Los Angeles College Art Gallery
 
Statement

Dave Smith was born in Derbyshire, England & studied painting at Derby College of Art & Hornsey College of Art. He was a founding member of the art collective  Electric Color Company (www.hazardmedia.com/colourcompany ) in London in 1969, creating artefacts & retail environments for some of the cities iconic  fashion boutiques of the period, including Mr. Freedom  & Paradise Garage on Chelsea's King's Rd.. He left England for the Bahamas in 1973, where he lived for 17 years, exhibiting frequently in Nassau & Miami, Florida. He moved to Los Angeles in 1990  where he's supported himself primarily by working in the tv & motion picture studios as a union scenic artist. While living & working mostly in California, he continues to maintain a prescence in the burgeoning  art scene of the Bahamas with showings of his work.

He is one of the 11 principal artists in Artists of the Bahamas, a 2008  documentary feature film that explores the lives and works of key visual artists whose talents contributed to the initial art movement in the Bahamas.Profiles & trailer can be found at:  www.artistsofthebahamas.com . An exhibition based on the film was mounted at the Waterloo Center for the Arts in Waterloo, Iowa in 2011 & subsequently traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL in 2012. The exhibition  opened at it's final venue The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, in April 2013.

His most recent showing of new work was in the 3 person exhibition Flowmaster III with Merwin Belin & Troy Cherney at Warschaw Gallery in San Pedro, CA in 2013. Exhibiting as an ensemble for the third time, the show was curated by Ron Linden.  

( Electric Colour Company link :  www.hazardmedia.com/colourcompany . Other links:  www.rodericstokes.com ; www.andrewgreaves.org.uk ; www.daguilarartfoundation.com )

 

TO CONTACT THE ARTIST: Email:-  smithdavet.44@gmail.com  ; 1-(818) 240-3968.

 

 

 PRESS:

Dave Smith works in a subversive Pop mode that is both humorous & touching. His Orange County Bathroom with Choice of 3 Vanities is a quirky parody of a model home brochure. Set against a newly constructed bathroom wall with a glistening shower head, three bathroom vanities float in a cluster, held together by a postcard view of a suburban roofline with palm trees. The suburban ideal of owning your own home becomes mundane when it boils down to the selection of 3 boring vanities.

Smith precisely skewers the homogeneity of suburban life with other amusing pieces. Dream Kitchen reads in an interesting abstract as well as a sample for floor tile for the perfect house. All the amenities of suburban life are listed between the diagonal lines including "Spill Proof Shelves", "Digital Timer", "Fluff Cycle" and "Thru-Door Ice Dispenser". In Western Landscape, brilliantly colored images partially obscure a wallpaper landscape with cowboy and Indians. The Day-Glo primary colors are the only jarring note in this patterned landscape, and two motor homes race through trying to see it all. Smith's meticulously rendered cavases have a subtle irony that perfectly evokes the bland boredom of life in suburbia.

Excerpt from: "FLOWMASTER" review by Kathy Zimmerer, ARTSCENE, April 1999. (www.artscenecal.com)

 

Recent Exhibits

Dave Smith participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2014 Slightly Salacious
West Los Angeles College Art Gallery
 
Aug, 2014 Sputnik 2
Boyd/Satellite Gallery
 
Apr, 2013 Master artists of the Bahamas
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
 
Mar, 2013 Flowmaster III
Warschaw Gallery
 
Aug, 2012 Master Artists of the Bahamas
Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University
 
Oct, 2011 Master Artists of the Bahamas
Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo, Iowa
 
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