Artist with Bahamian ties in California Exhibition

Thu, Apr 4th 2013, 05:12 PM

Artist with Bahamian ties in California Exhibition

The work of English artist Dave Smith will be exhibited in Flowmaster III, an exhibition curated by Ron Linden at the Warschaw Gallery in San Pedro, CA from March 2nd to April 27th.

Flowmaster III, is an exhibition of recent works by Merwin Belin, Troy Cherney & Dave Smith.

Working in an offbeat, politically & socially charged manner, & exhibiting as an ensemble for the third time, each approaches their subjects with an inherent irony. They contextualize, invert & subvert select targets with an unaffected approach to art making.

Dave Smith's paintings, dispassionate & near anonymous in their rendering, create an emotional distance between viewer & viewed; grounds function as subtext for the re-presentation of kitsch in a vivid exploration of the banal.

Dave Smith came to The Bahamas from England in 1973 to take up an art teaching position in The Bahamas. He exhibited in solo and group exhibitions since 1981. In 1990, a ten-year survey of his work was held at The College of The Bahamas, and in 2008 a solo exhibition A Twist of Fate 1975-1989 was mounted at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.

Smith moved to California in 1990, initially painting billboards for the recording industry but then moving to NBC TV Studios in Burbank where he works on scenery and set design. In 2011, Smith mounted two exhibitions in The Bahamas: Nassau Revisited at the Central Bank Art Gallery and Marquees (Photographs 1975-1983) at Popopstudios. In 2011, he participated in the Master Artists of The Bahamas Exhibition at the Waterloo Centre for the Arts in Iowa which will travel to Nassau in April 2013 and be shown at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.

Click HERE to view artist's website.