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Artist Statement:
"I seek the dynamics of change, growth, and potential. Imagination and observation are my muses. They are like flint and metal, when struck together the potential is infinite".
Dallas artist David Dreyer is equally a painter and a sculptor. Both media express his interest in the dynamics of nature. Dreyer is driven to answer questions such as: How does something arrive at its present form? How has it changed? What is its potential?

In answering those questions, Dreyer uses the gestures of lines to convey the essence of his subject. he asks: “How can I make one line mean everything?” The gesture of a line could be inspired by the way a wet leaf looks on a concrete sidewalk, the imagined arc of a bird flying above trees, the curve of a twig with a leaf dangling on its end or a valley cutting through two mountains. In Dreyer’s hand, these gestures can take the form of a graphite line in an oil painting; the implied line between shapes of color on his canvas; the line formed by the curve of an iron wire; or the arc cut out of a sheet of iron. The artist uses those lines to describe the essence of that leaf, bird, twig, and mountain.

A self-described doodler, David records things he sees instantaneously on small pieces of paper he carries with him. Some of these doodles become the basis for his paintings and sculptures. He says “single observations are often catalysts that spark recollection and assimilation. However, the work has its roots fixed in a diagrammatic exploration of such things as perception, motion and gravity.” His is an organic process has an interconnectedness. As he states: “I am pushing these ideas around a little more instead of just trying to make one object that is only about itself.”

One example is his sculpture Polaris. It came from a photograph he took of a renovation project. He liked the dynamics of the angles, lines, and shadows in the photograph so much that he based a painting on it. He started playing around with small bits of cardboard and wire which turned into a small maquette and later into the large sculpture Polaris. This piece has generated at least ten more paintings. Each painting and sculpture from this group stands alone but is interconnected with the other. Ultimately, they are all interconnected with the space captured in the photograph that inspired him. Answers to his questions are evidenced in his paintings by the history he leaves on the canvas. For example, a graphite line may be painted over, then moved, but traces of the original line can still be seen. The color that was originally washed over the canvas has been painted over in a totally different hue, but the original color faintly shows through.

Questions of where things have come from and where they are going can be seen in the visual history. These changes result in paintings with tactile, delicious surfaces. These are works you can rest your eyes on. For Dreyer, “gesture is not only the essence of a statement but it’s also the search for that statement, which is kind of fun!”

David Dreyer earned both his BFA and MFA from Southern Methodist University is currently Technical Supervisor, Safety Coordinator, and Adjunct Instructor for the Division of Art at SMU.

Source:
Exhibition Promotion Text for "Recent Paintings & Sculpture", March 8-April 25, 2008.  McKinney Avenue Contemporary
http://www.the-mac.org/DavidDreyer

Biography from Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden:
Born:  1958, Dallas, Texas

Education:

1992 Master of Fine Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1990 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1977-1987 Undergraduate studies, Eastfield College, Mesquite, Texas

Solo Exhibitions:

2012 David Dreyer, Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas
2011 David A. Dreyer:  Transitional Planes, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2010 David Dreyer:  Natural Abstraction, The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas
2009 David Dreyer:  Landscapes from the American Southwest, Mildred Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
2008 David Dreyer:  Recent Paintings & Sculpture, Square Gallery, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2008 David Dreyer: Recent Paintings and Sculpture, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2005 David Dreyer: Paintings and Sculpture, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2003 David A. Dreyer, Forum Gallery, Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, Texas
1997-1998 From Nature, Irving Arts Center, Irving, Texas
1996 Nature and Self, Mountain View College Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1994 Paintings, Spring Creek College Gallery, Plano, Texas
1992 Schopfungstag, Eastfield College Gallery, Mesquite, Texas

Group Exhibitions:

2011 Elemental = color / line / texture, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2011 Fresh & Salty (a Valley House Gallery group exhibition), Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas
2010 Borders, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2010 Shorelines, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2010 The Edge of Abstraction, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2010 ART CHICAGO, The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, Illinois (Valley House Gallery)
2010 Catalyst, curated by Lorraine Tady, Visual Arts Building, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas
2010 Dallas Art Fair, FIG Building, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2009 Meadows Art Now, curated by Cortney Garman, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2009 Dallas Art Fair, FIG Building, Dallas, Texas  (Valley House Gallery)
2009 Fifteen, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2009 Thank You Fort Worth:  An Appreciation from Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas
2008 Indexing the Moment, CADD Art Lab, Dallas, Texas (inaugural exhibition)
2008 CADD Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas Art Fair, Three Three Three First Avenue, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2007 War and Peace: 13th Annual Members Invitational, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2007 Metal Arts 2007, Ellen Noel Art Museum of the Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas, Patricia Meadows, juror
2007 CADD Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas Inaugural Art Fair, Three Three Three First Avenue, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2006 Summer Show, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas (Elm Blue)
2006 Metal Arts, Ellen Noel Museum, Odessa, Texas
2006 44th Annual Invitational Exhibition, Anne Allen (Director, Arlington Museum of Art), juror, The Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, Texas
2006 Work by the Faculty of the Division of Art, Meadows School of the Arts, Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2005 Discovered Dreams, Addison Conference and Theatre Center, Addison, Texas
2005 Texas Sculpture Association Membership Show, North Park Center, Dallas, Texas (honorable mention for Redbud Bitten)
2005 Metal Arts 2005, Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, Texas
2005 Art in the Key of Green, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2004 Texas Sculpture Association Membership Show, North Park Center, Dallas, Texas
2004 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2004 Art Chicago, art fair, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois (Valley House Gallery)
2003 Beaux-Arts Ball, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
2003 Recent: S.M.U. Faculty of The Division Of Art, Pollock Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2002 Texas Sculpture Association, Northpark Center, Dallas, Texas
2002 New Texas Talent, Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2002 Art In The Metroplex, TCU, J.M. Moudy Exhibition Hall, Fort Worth, Texas
2002 I-45 Combined, Lowell Collins Gallery, Houston, Texas
2001 Recent Members Recent Work, TSA Mitchell Lofts, Dallas, Texas
2001 Texas Sculpture Association (TSA), North Park Center, Dallas, Texas
2001 New Texas Talent, Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2000 Games People Play, E.A.S.E.L. Benefit, Continental Gin Building Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2000 Faculty Exhibition, Mountain View College Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2000 Departure Return, Meadows Museum, Dallas, Texas
1999 Faculty Exhibition, Mountain View College Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1998 Recent Work, 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1998 Dia De Los Muertos Exhibition, Eastfield College Gallery, Mesquite, Texas
1997 A Space-Time: The Fourth Dimension, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
1997 New Texas Talent, Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1997 Paintings from the Landscape: Stephen Wilder and David Dreyer, Hickory Street Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1996 TVAA Regional Juried Exhibition, City Hall Dallas, Dallas, Texas
1995 M.A.C. Members Invitational, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
1995 Hot Flash, E.A.S.E.L. Benefit, Quadrangle, Dallas, Texas
1995 Celebrating 25 Years Of Excellence In Teaching, Eastfield College Gallery, Mesquite, Texas
1995 Showing Off The DCCC, Dallas Visual Arts Center, Dallas, Texas
1994 Prints, Gallery ’94, Dallas, Texas
1994 New Work, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas
1994 Dada, Club Dada, Dallas, Texas
1994 La Virgin De Guadeloupe, 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1994 High Noon: David Dreyer and Lee Stoetzel, Trammell Crow Pavilion, Dallas, Texas
1993 Crossroads, Hickory Street Annex Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1993 Artexas International ’93, Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas
1993 Tie One On: E.A.S.E.L. Benefit, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1993 Small Treasures, Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1992 Student Art Association Open Show, The Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1992 After Beauty, Hickory Street Annex Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1992 Metal Mettle, Art And Spirit, Ida Green Gallery, Sherman, Texas
1992 Contact ’92, Trammell Crow Pavilion Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1992 Tempus Fugit, Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1992 Master Of Fine Arts Qualifying Exhibition, Meadows Museum, Dallas, Texas
1991 15”X 15”, Doolin Gallery; S.M.U. Campus, Dallas, Texas
1991 Exploration, Trinity Christian Academy, Dallas, Texas
1990 Juried Exhibition, Houshang’s Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1990 Paper Works ’90, Paper Routes Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1990 TVAA Citation ’90, Dallas, Texas
1990 D.A.D.A. 9th Annual Open Studios, D.A.D.A. Studios, Dallas, Texas
1990 Bachelor Of Fine Arts Qualifying Exhibition, The Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1989 Earth Day ’89, Hughes Trigg Student Center, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1989 TVAA 16th Annual Juried Competition, Dallas, Texas
1988 TVAA 15th Annual Juried Competition, Dallas, Texas
1987 Student Art Association 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Florence Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1987 21st Annual Regional Art Show, Richardson Library, Richardson, Texas
1986 500x Open Show, 500x Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1978 Texas College Juried Art Exhibition, Mountain View College, Dallas, Texas

Awards:

2010 Faculty Development Grant, Southern Methodist University
2005 Honorable Mention Award, Texas Sculpture Association Membership Show
2005 Juror’s Recognition, Metal Arts, Ellen Noel Museum, Odessa, Texas
2004 Honorable Mention Award, Texas Sculpture Association Membership Show
2003 Moss / Chumley North Texas Artist Award, Meadows Museum, Dallas, Texas
2002 Juried First Prize, Texas Sculpture Association Membership Exhibition
1998 Eugene McDermott Award, Texas Visual Arts Association
1990-92 Mary C. B. Jones Awards, Southern Methodist University

Honors:

1995 Exhibition Juror, Student Art Association, Southern Methodist University
1994-1997 Visiting Artist, Scenic Design And Painting, E.S.D., St. Michaels
1992 Visiting Artist, Relief Printmaking, E.S.D. St. Michaels

Scholarships:

1992 Graduate Assistantship, Southern Methodist University
1992 Graduate Artistic Merit Scholarship, Southern Methodist University
1989-1990 Zelle Art Scholarship, Southern Methodist University
1988 Easter Seals Art in The Universities Scholarship
1987-1990 Artistic Merit Scholarship, Southern Methodist University

Literature:

“Luxury’s New Look,” Paper City, March, 2011.

June Mattiningly, “David Dreyer’s ‘Transitional Planes’,” Modern Dallas Art, Special Eye to Watch, Feburary 18, 2011, High Planes II reproduced.

Mike Daniel, “David Dreyer at the Valley House Gallery,” The Dallas Morning News Guide, February 11, 2011, page 52, Lekythos reproduced.

Michael Granberry, “Art:  Valley House:  ‘David A. Dreyer: Transitional Planes,’” The Dallas Morning News Guide, February 11, 2011, page 38, White Rabbit II reproduced.

Gail Sachson, “Local Artists Connect with Calder,” Art and Seek, KERA, January 10, 2011, Red Bud Bitten reproduced.

David Dreyer: Catalyst, exhibition pamphlet, University of Texas at Dallas, 2010.

David A. Dreyer:  Natural Abstraction, exhibition catalogue, The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas, July 15 – September 4, 2010, color illustrations.

Janet Van Vleet. “ Abstract Time Three, Grace Exhibit Features Trio of Artists.” Abilene Reporter, July 14, 2010, Pages 2C and 3C.

Michael Granberry, “Art: University of Texas at Dallas: ‘Catalyst’ and ‘Super-Duper Serious,’” The Dallas Morning News Guide, March 26, 2010, page 36, Ghost Ranch from Chama River Road reproduced.

Catalyst:  Jill Foley, Noah Simblist, Robin Eldridge, David A. Dreyer, Mirka Hokkanen, Dan H. Phillips, exhibition catalogue, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas, March 26 – April 24, 2010, color illustrations.

Brooke Hortenstine, “Making Over The Mansion,” PaperCity, March 2010, page 14, High Planes reproduced.

Experiencing Perspectives, exhibition catalogue, Daimler Financial Services, 2010.

Charissa N. Terranova, “Art Reviews | Gallery Gourmet:  Differing perspectives: Showings around town appeal to a variety of tastes:  ‘Three Davids’ at the MAC,” The Dallas Morning News, GuideLive, April 1, 2008, pages 1E, 4E, Untitled (Triangulated Ellipse IV) reproduced.

Marlena Chavira Medford, “Out & About January,” Advocate: Far North Dallas (page 8) and Advocate:  Preston Hollow (page 12), January 2008, color illustration.

The Longview Museum of Fine Arts, The Longview Museum of Art 44th Invitational Exhibition Catalog, 2006.

Mike Daniel, “David Dreyer at Valley House Gallery,” The Dallas Morning News Guide, February 11, 2005, page 52, illus.

Janet H. Moore, “An Artistic Oasis: Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden in Dallas celebrates 50 years of fine art,” Southern Accents, September-October 2004, Tierra Roja illust.

50th Anniversary Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas, March 5–27, 2004, color illustration.

Teaching:

2009-2010 Graduate Directed Studies, Southern Methodist University
2009 Exhibition Coordinator, Meadows Art Now, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2008 Sculpture Installation Coordinator, Gravitation sculpture by the Japanese artist Hidenori Oi, Southern Methodist University
2008-2010 Sculpture, Southern Methodist University
2006-2010 Foundations Practicum, Southern Methodist University
2004 Foundations, Southern Methodist University
2004 Artist Assistant and Exhibition Coordinator for the Visiting Artist, Massimo Lippi of Siena, Italy, Southern Methodist University
2004 TSA Installation Coordinator, Membership Exhibition, NorthPark Center, Dallas, Texas
2003 Sculpture, Southern Methodist University
2002 Clay Sculpture, Creative Art Center
2002 Student Recruitment, Studio Art, Southern Methodist University
2001 Sculpture, Southern Methodist University
1997-1999 Painting, Mountainview College
1997-1998 Private Art Instruction
1996 Sculpture, Southern Methodist University
1996 Painting, Eastfield College
1996 Private Art Instruction
1995 High School Life Drawing, Southern Methodist University
1995 3-D Design, Southern Methodist University
1995 Painting, Eastfield College
1995 Drawing, Private Lessons
1994 Intro to Studio Drawing, Southern Methodist University
1994 Drawing, Private Instruction
1994 Painting, Eastfield College
1992-1993 Life Drawing, Eastfield College  
1992 Drawing, Private Instruction
1991-1992 Teaching Assistant 3-D Design and Sculpture, Southern Methodist University, Prof. Jay Sullivan
1990-1991 Teaching Assistant 2-D Design, Painting and Drawing; Southern Methodist University, Prof. Barnaby Fitzgerald

Public Collections:

The Four Seasons, Houston, Texas
The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas, Texas
The Mayfair Corporation, Dallas, Texas
Reoch, Stuzman, Bromberg, Esserman & Plifka
US Trust Co. of Texas, Dallas, Texas

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