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After retiring from 21+ years of military service as an aviator in 2014, rather than going into a secondary career in the same field, David Gail Smith decided to change course to pursue a career in art.  Smith’s practice involves deep emotional introspection of his past experiences in pursuit of finding a fundamental human ethos – the things that exist despite cultural, social, and political differences.

With one foot in the world of painting and one world in the world of computers, he often combines art with technology, the traditional with the cutting-edge, and the ancient with the futuristic. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Smith now lives and works in Dallas, Texas with his wife Jennifer.

Artist Statement

Following a military career that spanned more than two decades, I am now compelled towards deep emotional introspection in search of commonalities among human beings that exist despite cultural, social, and political differences. I ponder what I have in common with a man who lived many thousands of years before me. In what ways are my experiences in today’s modern world the same as his?  This question drives my artistic exploration and research. My creative practice involves the new – computer code and creative technologies, as well as the old – painting. And sometimes I combine them.

Ambiguous symbols and abstract mark-making harness emotional surges as I reflect on my experiences. The personally meaningful color combinations, aggressive scale, and gestural style of my paintings represent my physicality and movement in reaction to this reflection. In this work I attempt to question and explore the primal tendencies that are present within all of us, just beneath the surface as we survive the modern age. My experience and interests in the technology of our contemporary world are at one end of a continuum. Balancing, at the other end, is something I share with ancient man – a primal impulse to make images.

Curriculum Vitae

David G. Smith

Dallas, Texas

david@davidgailsmith.com

www.davidgailsmith.com

EDUCATION

2017: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art
Southern Methodist University

2016: Bachelor of Arts in Creative Computation
Southern Methodist University

2008: Master of Aeronautical Science w/ Human Factors and Aviation Education
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

1992: Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Studies w/ Computer Science
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

WORK EXPERIENCE

2017 – current: Adjunct Undergraduate Instructor in Creative Computing

2014 – 2017: Full time studies, Southern Methodist University

2002 – 2014: Rescue Helicopter Pilot, Active Duty, U.S. Coast Guard

2000 – 2002: Government Civilian Employee, GS-12, Helicopter Maint. Officer

1992 – 2000: Medevac Helicopter Pilot, Active Duty, U.S. Army

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017: BFA Qualifying Exhibition, Pollock Gallery
Dallas, Texas

2017: Earth and Sky, Doolin Gallery
Dallas, Texas

2017: Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
Fort Worth, Texas

2016: Throughput, Doolin Gallery
Dallas, Texas

2016: Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
Fort Worth, Texas

2016: Student Show, Umbrella Gallery – Deep Ellum
Dallas, Texas

2016: Pixels-2-Perception, Doolin Gallery
Dallas, Texas

2015: Traditions and Transformations, Meadows Museum
Dallas, Texas

2015: Cedars Union Open Studio Tour
Dallas, Texas

2015: The Other Another Me,
Doolin Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2012: Fall ACE Exhibition, Diego Rivera Gallery
San Francisco, California

2011: Spring ACE Exhibition, Diego Rivera Gallery
San Francisco, California

2010: Fall ACE Exhibition, Diego Rivera Gallery
San Francisco, California

AWARDS AND HONORS

2016: Grand Prize, Lakota Lithograph Art Contest, Airbus Helicopter
Fort Worth, Texas

MEDIA COVERAGE

Spirit of the Lakota – Press release – Airbus Helicopters
Spirit of the Lakota – Rapid City Journal
Spirit of the Lakota – Vertical Magazine
Spirit of the Lakota – Rotorcraft Pro
Spirit of the Lakota – Dallas Morning News
Spirit of the Lakota – Southern Methodist University Campus Weekly

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