The D'Aguilar Art Foundation
The Bahamian Artwork Collection
Calypso Skies, Catalogue Sunset, 1989
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Dave Smith
Los Angeles, CA
Tel: 818.240.3968

Dave Smith (born 1944, Derbyshire, England) studied at Derby College of Art, initially taking commercial design courses before specializing in painting and subsequently becoming a post graduate fine arts student at Hornsey College of Art in London. In 1969 he co-founded a design collaboration with 3 other artists, the London based Electric Colour Company.

In 1973 he took up an art teaching position in The Bahamas and stayed until 1991. Once in Nassau, he started a series of small pencil drawings with incongruous juxtapositions that he later developed into larger paintings. His ‘Pop-Realist’ style contrasted imported artifacts, such as American cars from the 1950s and 60s, with ethnic and often idealized Bahamian landscapes. He worked with themes such as security screens erected around the island, postcards and African/devotional artifacts. He held his first solo exhibition of this work in Nassau in 1981, and in 1984 had his first U.S solo exhibition in Miami, FL. Six subsequent shows followed in Nassau, culminating with a ten-year survey of his work at the College of the Bahamas in 1990.

Later that year, he left the Bahamas for California, initially painting billboards for the recording industry. Gravitating to the many scenery shops around the city, he joined Local 816 (Scenic Artists union) and has worked for the last several years at NBC TV Studios in Burbank. Smith's work has been shown in many solo and group exhibitions, including Sunyata Gallery, San Pedro, CA and Crossing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. His work is also found in several private collections in both The Bahamas and internationally.

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