"I want my paintings to be a celebration of pure nature and moment—homage to the sacred spaces of memory. I begin with small automatic drawings, a practice of intuitive organization used as a catalyst for paintings. Drawings originate in the realm between the hand and eye, a sensuous experience with seemingly endless possibilities. It is more difficult to explain what I paint than why—which is to create a unique image that discloses personal recognition of things never seen and space that imparts a sense of self. My process is organic, evolving through moments of insightful meditation that fuel curiosity and reveal discoveries with uncertain predictability. I take from the familiar as dreams take from the real. In mining an area of the unfamiliar, a place where dream and invention exist, I refine that which can only be imagined—till things never seen seem familiar." —David A. Dreyer
We are honored to present Dallas artist David A. Dreyer’s eighth solo exhibition "Cold Mountain Observatory" at Valley House Gallery. The paintings are inspired by music as well as the Cold Mountain poems of Han-shan, Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), as translated by Gary Snyder. Dreyer earned his BFA in 1990 and his MFA in 1992, both from Southern Methodist University. A catalogue will be available.
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The exhibition will be on view at Valley House Gallery from March 6 through April 17, Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Masks required.
Image: David A. Dreyer, "Klänge— Crosstown Traffic, Soundplane’s Forgotten Space, Into Morning Dew," 2020, oil, charcoal, graphite, and chalk on canvas, 48 x 54 inches