David Gail Smith: Dallas-based visual artist and freelance code developer

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Explore my eclectic gallery of work:  a portfolio of paintings, drawings, 3d fabrications, and projects in other media.

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Artist’s Statement and Biography

David Gail Smith is a Dallas-based visual artist, freelance code developer, and an adjunct undergraduate lecturer at Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts.

After retiring in 2014 from 21+ years of military service, all in operational assignments as a helicopter aviator, he is now pursuing a professional art practice.  Dave finished Army flight training in 1993.  He flew the UH-1 Huey and the UH-60 Blackhawk until 2000, when he left the active Army.  He returned to active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard in 2002 and flew the MH-65 Dolphin for 12 years, retiring in 2014.  Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Smith moved across the U.S. several times while growing up and served nearly half of his military career overseas.  As a result, his worldwide travels, exposure to many cultures, and unusual life experiences over the past 3 decades have given him a unique perspective.

Smith’s eclectic work experiments across media and involves emotional introspection of his experiences and influence on others in the world.  He is on an eternal quest for themes that bind people, blend cultures, and celebrate humanity.  His pieces often challenge stereotypes and transcend divisive, social, and political boundaries.  With one foot in the world of painting and one world in the world of computers, he readily combines art with technology, the traditional with the cutting-edge, and the ancient with the futuristic.  As such, his work explores the space between fine art painting and computer coding, in search of an art that is the hybrid of historical tradition and future technology.

Watch this video featuring David.

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David G. Smith

2017 – Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Southern Methodist University
2016 – Bachelor of Arts in Creative Computation, Southern Methodist University
2008 – Masters of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University w/ Human Factors and Aviation Education
1992 – Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Studies w/ Computer Science

2017 – current:
Adjunct Undergraduate Instructor in Creative Computing, Southern Methodist University: Link
Courses: “Creative Computing 1”, “Art and Code”, “Elements of Computing Systems”
2014 – 2017:
Full time student, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
President of Student Art Association from 2014-2015
2002 – 2014:
Rescue Helicopter Pilot, Active Duty, U.S. Coast Guard
2000 – 2002:
Government Civilian Employee, GS-12, Helicopter Maintenance Officer, U.S. Army National Guard
1992 – 2000:
Medevac Helicopter Pilot, Active Duty, U.S. Army


2018 – Art on Henderson, Group Exhibition with artist Todd Camplin, Dallas, Texas
2018 – Mercedes-Benz Financial Svc., Experiencing Perspectives, Fort Worth, Texas
2018 – Dallas Farmer’s Market, completed public 12′ x 8′ mural entitled “Athenian”, Dallas, Texas
2018 – Doolin Gallery, Creative Computing Beat-down, Dallas, Texas
2017 – Eisemann Performance Center Mezzanine Gallery, Abstract, Richardson, Texas
2017 – Pollock Gallery, BFA Qualifying Exhibition, Dallas, Texas
2017 – Doolin Gallery, Earth and Sky, Dallas, Texas
2017 – Mercedes-Benz Financial Svc., Experiencing Perspectives, Fort Worth, Texas
*2016 – Doolin Gallery, Throughput, Dallas, Texas
2016 – Owen Fine Art Center at SMU, New Cities Future Ruins, Dallas, Texas
2016 – Mercedes-Benz Financial Svc., Experiencing Perspectives, Fort Worth, Texas
2016 – Doolin Gallery, Pixels2Perception, Dallas, Texas
2015 – Meadows Museum, Traditions and Transformations, Dallas, Texas
2015 – Cedars Union Open Studio Tour, Dallas, Texas
2015 – Doolin Gallery, The Other Another Me, Dallas, Texas
2012 – Diego Rivera Gallery, Fall ACE Exhibition, San Francisco, California
2011 – Diego Rivera Gallery, Spring ACE Exhibition, San Francisco, California
2010 – Diego Rivera Gallery, Fall ACE Exhibition, San Francisco, California
* Denotes solo exhibition

2016 – Grand Prize, Lakota Lithograph Art Contest, Airbus Helicopters, Fort Worth, Texas

MEDIA COVERAGE (in new tab)
ModCiti TV
Press release video – Airbus Helicopters
Vertical Magazine
Dallas Morning News
SMU Daily Campus

LINKS (in new tab)

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