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 David C. Iles  (1951 - )

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Lived/Active: Texas      Known for: animal and wildlife sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
David Iles has an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of North Texas. A native Texan now living in Denton, he divides his time between casting for himself and other artists in the Bolivar foundry he built in 2007.

Mr. Iles has received public and private commissions for his art from numerous sources including Trammell Crow, Frito Lay, and the Irving Art Association.

The Dallas Arboretum, and the University of North Texas have collections of wildlife sculpture on display. His sculpture has been shown in numerous regional and national exhibitions.


Artist Statement:
It's often the small things in life that affect the way I see the world, and my sculpture reflects this. Two major influences on my sculpture are an interest in storytelling, and nature (mother and human). Having grown up on the edge of the Big Thicket in Southeast Texas I was able to live in and observe nature up close and grew to appreciate it. Countless wild pets and daily trips through the woods became important elements of my life. Being raised in a culture that lived to tell stories, jokes, and anecdotes, instilled a desire to communicate my ideas, thoughts, and experiences. The inspiration for my sculpture was developed along the bayou, on the side of a tree, in someone's backyard, or through a story of some misadventure told at a family gathering.

I started using natural objects for my work in the late eighties, but it was after completing a commission of native Texas animals in 1997 that I started working with animals in my sculpture on a regular basis. Some animals such as squirrels and crows lend themselves to certain roles due to their mischievous nature and also represent people with similar traits. Frogs, pigs, birds, and bears are all fair game when they work their way into a story or event.
The combination of objects and imagery in my work allows a viewer to step into an event or occurrence that has universal recognition, but individual interpretation. The title of the work may hint at the story behind the work, but can leave you with a sense of hearing only the punchline of a joke, or just the moral of a completed fable. In presenting the work in this manner the viewer will build their own story line in the same way a poem or story allows a reader to create their own imagery.

I started casting bronze on a regular basis in 1987 while working at the University of North Texas, and built my own foundry in 1996 to facilitate the completion of a large commission that year. Being able to cast my own work is extremely important to me because it lets me be intimately involved in the total life of the sculpture, and it allows me the freedom to alter and make changes at any stage of process. I use bronze as my primary medium because
I like its strength, the flexibility of the process, and it's sense of history, which adds irony to the whimsical nature of the work. The images of small slices of life, captured in bronze, create permanent reminders of fleeting thoughts or events.

Submitted by the artist, April 2012



Biography from Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden:
Education

1969-1973 Lamar University, Beaumont, TX, B.S.  Art, ( Painting and Drawing)
1975-1977 University of North Texas, Denton, TX -  (M.F.A. Sculpture/Metalsmithing)

Commissions

1996 Trammell Crow “Native Texas Wildlife Series”  
1999 Frito Lay “Wayne Galloway Research & Development Relief”
1999 John and Ellen McStay “Morning Star Wildlife Series”
2000 Hall Office Park, Hall Financial

Exhibitions

2001 “Breaking New Ground” - Irving Arts Center – Irving Texas
2000 “Two Person Show” – SWTSU – San Marcos TX
“Five by Seven” – TFAA- Austin, TX.
“Faculty Show” – University of North Texas – Denton, TX
“Wood works” – University of Arkansas, Little Rock – Little Rock,  AR
1998 “From Stories Not Told”- One Man Show - Center For The Visual Arts Denton, TX
“Faculty Show” - University of North Texas - Denton, TX
1997 “Group Show” - 500X - Dallas, TX
“Benefit for the Jerry Newman Scholarship” –Lamar University- Beaumont, TX
“Group Show” - Studio Garcia - Simsbury, CT
“ Artists Who Teach” - GDAC Meadows Gallery - Denton, TX.
“Uniqueness of the Hand” - The University of Texas - San Antonio, Art Gallery -  San Antonio TX.
“ Faculty Show” - University of North Texas - Denton TX.
1995 “Faculty Show” - University of North Texas - Denton TX.
“Group Show” - Edith Baker Gallery - Dallas TX.
1994 "Group Show" - Art-a-tact Gallery - Dallas TX.
"Group Show" - Richard Wierzbowski Gallery - Houston TX.
"Faculty Show" - University of North Texas - Denton TX.
1993 "Assembled Images" - One Man Show, University of Arkansas, Little Rock - Little Rock, Arkansas.
"Faculty Show" - Fall,  University of North Texas, Denton, TX.
"Fin, Fur, and Feather" - Galveston Art Center, Galveston, TX.
"5  State " - Mazur Art Museum,   Monroe, Louisiana.
"Faculty Show" - University of North Texas,  Denton TX.
1992 "Metal and Mettle" - Group Show, Austin College, Sherman TX.
"Three Year Review" - Collectors Series, D Art, Dallas, TX.
"Collectors Series" - D Art, Dallas, TX.
"A Visual Response to Environmental Issues" – Arlingto Museum of Art, Arlington, TX
"Hot Topics" - University of Colorado, Fine Arts Center, Boulder, CO.
"One Man Show" - Cora Stafford Gallery, University of North Texas, Denton TX.
"T.S.A. Membership Show" - Trammell Crow Center, Dallas TX.
"Faculty Show" - University of North Texas, Denton, TX.
"The 4th Rodin Grand Prize Exhibition ( Excellent Maquettes)", Hakone Open-Air Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
"Time is Relative" - Beverly Gordon Gallery, Dallas TX.
1991 "Critics Choice" - D Art, Dallas TX.
"Delta Annual" Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR.
"Seven Sculptors" - Southwest Texas State University,   San Marcus, TX.
"4th International Shoe Box Exhibition" - University of Hawaii - Honolulu, HI.  Touring             exhibition;  Honolulu HI, Hilo HI, Tucson AZ, Murray KY, Norman OK, Ames IA, Mobile AL, Dallas NC, West Bend WI, Carson CA, Victoria TX, Mangilao Guam.
"T.S.A. Membership Show" - Trammell Crow, Dallas, TX.
"Faculty Show" - University of North Texas, Denton TX.
1990 "Delta Annual" - Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK.
"Featured Artist" - Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX.
"Excellence 90" - Plaza of the Americas, Dallas, TX.
"Benefit for Suicide Crisis Center" - Beverly Gordon Gallery, Dallas, TX.
"Critics Choice" - D Art, Dallas, TX.
"Selected Work from the T.S.A. Membership Show" - D Art Dallas, TX.
"T.S.A. Membership Show" - Trammell Crow, Dallas TX.
"Group Show" - Beverly Gordon Gallery, Dallas TX.
"Faculty Show" - University of North Texas, Denton, TX.
1989 "Delta Annual" - Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK.
"Constructed Form" - Hughes Trigg Center, S.M.U. Dallas, TX.
"Lamar University Alumni Exhibition" - Dishman Gallery, Beaumont, TX.
"TVAA 16th Annual National Spring Open" - Trammell Crow,  Dallas, TX.
"Invitational Show" - Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX.
"Market Show" - John Edward Hughes, Dallas, TX.
"T.S.A. Membership Show" - Trammell Crow, Dallas, TX.
1988 "Faculty Show" - University of North Texas, Denton, TX.
"Group Sculpture Show" - Lamar University, Dishman Gallery, Beaumont TX.
"Sculpture at the Bar" - Texas Sculpture Association, Dalllas Bar Association, Dallas, TX.
"Art in the Metroplex" - T.C.U. , Moudy Gallery, Fort Worth, TX.
"Critics Choice" - D Art, Dallas, TX.
"Contemporary Primitives" - Gallery Gorpal, Dallas, TX.
"Excellence 88" - Plaza of the Americas, Dallas, TX.
"Six State Show - Hobbs, NM.
"Container Show" - Dallas Women's Caucus for Art, Dallas TX.
"Five State Show" - Mazur Art Museum, Monroe, LA.
"Tri-State" - Beaumont Art League, Beaumont, TX.
"Members of the U.N.T. Art Department" - Pioneer Gallery, One Bell Plaza, Dallas, TX.
1987 "Faculty Show" - University of North Texas, Denton TX.
1982 "Tri-State" - Beaumont Art League, Beaumont TX.
1979 "7th Festival of the Arts" - Lake Charles, LA.
"One Man Show" - Beaumont Art League, Beaumont, TX.
1978 "Invitational Sculpture Show" - Beaumont Art League, Beaumont, TX.
1977 "17th Texas Craft Exhibition" - Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX.
"Group Show" - Mountain View Community College, Dallas, TX.
"One Man Show" - Delta State College, Cleveland, MS.
"Graduate Show" - University of North Texas, Denton, TX.
"Voertman Show" - Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX.
"Five State" - Gates Memorial, Port Arthur, TX.
1976 "Group Show" - Gallery 842, Dallas, TX.
"Houston Designer Craftsman" - University of Houston, Houston, TX.
"Tarrant County Annual" - Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX.
1975 "Tri-State - Beaumont Art League, Beaumont, TX.
1972 "Annual National Exhibition" - Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont, TX.

Awards

1998 University of North Texas – Outstanding Staff Award
1997 University of North Texas - Honored Alumni
1993 "5 State"  - Honorable Mention.
1992 "Hot Topics" - Jurors award.
1991 University of North Texas - Outstanding Staff Award
1989 "Delta Annual" - Honorable Mention.
1989 "T.S.A. Membership Show" - Members Choice Award.
1988 "Critics Choice" - Merit Award.
1988 "Six State Show" - 1st.
1988 "Tri-State" - Honorable Mention.
1982 "Tri-State" - Purchase Award.
1979 "7th Festival of the Arts" - 1st and Honorable Mention.
1977 "Voertman Show" - 1st.
1977 "Five State" - Purchase Award and Honorable Mention.

Reviews and Articles

11/01/02 Steve Carter  - Dallas Home Design
01/23/00 Leslie Peacock  -  Arkansas Time
01/28/00 Lisa Broadwater – Arkansas Democrat
03/01/99 Hanne K. Klein  - Texas Highways
09/03/98 Jen Graves - Entertainment Chronicle
07/04/98 Ellena Fortner - Fort Worth Star Telegram
06/30/98 Jennifer Yorio - Marcus Media News Magazine
06/14/98 AP- Marshall News Messenger
06/10/98 Christian Bohmfalk - Denton Record Chronicle
06/04/98 Staff  Cedar Hill Today
11/06/97 Park Cities News
11/01/97 Elizabeth Clark - Neil Sperry’s Gardens
08/13/97 David Flick - The Dallas Morning News
08/07/97 The White Rocker
09/11/92 Jim Fowler - Dallas Observer
07/14/92 Janet Tyson - Fort Worth Star Telegram
08/02/90 Highlights - Houston Post
07/14/90 Janet Kutner - Dallas Morning News
06/24/90 Ann Jarmush - Dallas Times Herald
07/17/88 Ann Jarmush - Dallas Times Herald
07/22/88 Denton Record Chronicle
08/05/88 Janet Tyson - Fort Worth Star Telegram

Selected Collections

Peak Investments - Hong Kong
Carlos Pascal - Mexico City, Mexico
G. Ray Miller - Dallas, TX
Lamar University - Beaumont, TX
Trammell Crow - Dallas, TX
Dallas Arboretum- Dallas, TX
University of North Texas- Denton, TX
Frito Lay – Plano, TX
John and Ellen McStay – Dallas, TX
Hall Financial – Frisco TX
 

Lectures


University of North Texas - Earth Day Presentation 5/98
University of Arkansas Little Rock - Little Rock AK 10/93
University of North Texas - Denton, TX 1/91
Arkansas Art Center - Little Rock, AK 11/90
University of Arkansas Little Rock - Little Rock AK 11/90

Workshops

Director of workshops - Texas Sculpture Association - 1991 -
Organized workshops on Copy Rights, Flexible Molds, and Abrasives.
1993 University of Arkansas Little Rock, Flexible Mold Workshop, Donahue Visiting Artist Series
2000 Brookhaven College, Modeling, mold making, and casting workshop.

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