2009 - XHIBIT 09 (Group Show) - The Arts Gallery, 65 Davies Street, London.
2008 - Distorted Space-Disorientation (Group Show) - Waterloo Gallery, London
2008 - Mind The Gap (Group Show) - Gallery209, Tampa FL, U.S.A
2008 - Cock A Snook presents:A Goddamn Good Time Exhibition (Group Show) - 14 Bacon St. London.
2008 - Chelsea Motel - Postgraduate Diploma Fine Art Show - Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.
2008 - 13 (Group Show) – The Union Tavern, London.
2008 - The Lookoutpost Project (Group Project) - (www.lookoutpost.co.uk)
2008 - The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (Group show) - Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
2008 - Wicked Fictions (Solo Show) - Stamford Arts Centre
2007 - Interventions (Solo Show) - Derby Museum and Art Gallery
2007 - Ether - Make and Meet (Residency) - LCB Depot and DOT Studios, Leicester
2006 - Wirksworth Arts Festival (Group Show) - The Parish Rooms, Wirksworth
2006 - Ashby de la Zouch Arts Festival (Group Show) - The Highways Building, Ashby de la Zouch
2006 - Fine Art Degree Show - University of Derby
2010 - Catlin Prize 2010 Finalist
2008 - The Cecil Lewis Sculpture Scholarship
2006 - University of Derby. Faculty of Art, Design and Technology Prize for High engagement with Degree Course
2003 - The Isle College Award for All Courses and Disciplines
2003 - The Arthur Mellows Award for Outstanding Achievement in Art
Collections and Commissions:
- University of the Arts London Collection
- Lucy Morris, Private Collection
- Leigh Message, Private Collection
- Patrick Lynch, Private Collection
- Robert Devereux, Private Collection
- Cathy Wills, Private Collection
- Hugo Brown, Private Collection
- Warfield, Private Collection
- Justin Hammond, Private Collection
- Le Grand, Private Collection
- L. Hunt, Private Collection
Press and Publications
July 2012 - ARTZIP Magazine (UK/China) - Unnatural Section: David A. Smith Interview
December 2011 - Public Art and Ecology Magazine (China) - Repurposing with a Passion
May 21st 2011 -CakeHeadLovesEvil.wordpress.com - David A. Smith at Catlin
May 2011 - IDOL Magazine - Go-Getters: David A. Smith
March 20th 2011 - Juxtapoz - An Interview with the UK's David A. Smith
November 6th 2010 - Oundle School News - New Sculpture Exhibition at Yarrow
July 1st 2010 - Who's Jack Magazine - Top Five Light Artists
June 27th - Little London Observationist - London Art Spot: David A. Smith
Summer 2010 Issue - Glass Magazine: Rapture - Artists to Invest in Now
May 24th 2010. Jotta.com - Into the Wilde: David A. Smith
April 26th 2010. Art Review - Catlin Prize 2010.
February 18th 2010. Pimlico People - Former student listed for Catlin Art Prize.
February 8th 2010. Arts London News - Three UAL Graduates in National Art Final.
January 29th 2010. UAL Chelsea Snapshot - Catlin Art Prize.
January 16th 2010. Artdaily.org - The Artists of 2010.
January 13th 2010. Spoonfed.co.uk - There's Hope for the Nation's Art Students.
January 12th 2010. The Independent - Celebrating Future Art Stars.
January 2010. The Catlin Guide 2010: New Artists in the UK
January 2010. Elle Magazine - Newsflash! The Catlin Guide.
October 5th 2009. MurmurArt.com - Catriona Warren's Top Ten Graduates of 2009.
May 28th 2009. Jotta.com - Ones to Watch - Interview with David A. Smith.
April 6th 2008. The Peterborough Evening Telegraph – Interview with David A Smith.
March 1st 2008. The Guardian Guide - Review of Wicked Fictions Exhibition by Robert Clark.
June 12th 2007. The Derby Evening Telegraph – Coverage of David A Smith: Interventions.
June 18th 2007. BBC Radio Derby – Shane O’Connor Interviewing David A Smith about Interventions Exhibition.
June 9th 2007. The Guardian Guide – Review of David A Smith: Interventions by Robert Clark.
Reviews in detail and Testimonials:
David A Smith. Derby Museum And Art Gallery, Sat 9 June to Aug 19 2007.
The young and highly promising artist David Smith infiltrates the permanent museum collection with a typically mischievous eye for thematic intrigues. Smith's assemblages of found object fragments and meticulously crafted sculptural mysteries seem as if left over from some impenetrable exploration of a personal obsession. There are few artists of his age who can match Smith's exquisite compositional tensions, and his carefully orchestrated collages of grim facts and quite wicked fictions. Robert Clark.The Guardian, Saturday June 9 2007
David A Smith. Stamford Arts Centre, Mon 3 to Mar 28 2008.
David A Smith conjures outlandish sculptural scenarios from the most banal materials. Inanimate objects assume a pose as if ready to unfurl like sprung automata the moment one averts one's attention. An air of playful innocence is undermined by hints of personal unease and some undefined brand of perversity. It's a measure of Smith's compositional sophistication that this doesn't end up like the usual wacky run of worn-out surrealism. His meticulously crafted intrigues make one almost lose one's trust in the assumption that the legs of a nearby chair aren't going to start furtively running about the room. Robert Clark.The Guardian, Saturday March 1 2008.
Condensation 2009. Bodhi Gallery. 4th April 2009.
The following is taken from a review of the Condensation 2009 exhibition posted on the murmurART website.
I was immediately struck by Robson Cezar’s The Wind Fighter, placed upon a column like a giant propeller-armed Oscar. Then David A Smith’s Weak, which was more fragile. A miniature wrecked car trapped in a marsh on a block of road that went far below the surface to show the layers beneath. It looked like a children’s toy, a geography model of rock formation – these junior school echoes making the ruin of the car all the more arresting.
AWH. MurmurART, April 4th 2009.
Catriona Warren's Top Ten Graduates of 2009.
Former Editor of Art Review and author of their acclaimed supplements of the best students graduating every year, Catriona Warren has for the last couple of years been assisting in the curation of the annual Anticipation art shows.
Following on from last year, Catriona has once again been tracking the progress of several students throughout the year, and been around all the end of year shows this summer to present her personal selection of the 10 best artists graduating from colleges this year.
"One artist stood out at the Chelsea MA show, the sculptor David A. Smith. I especially liked Warlord, an elaborately carved wooden architectural bracket with a blue neon halo above, and Reckoning, a grappling hook flocked in purple velvet which transformed the hard, cold surface into something sensuous and inviting to the touch - so inviting in fact that people actually did reach out to touch it. (His work seemed to invite audience participation with viewers having photographs of themselves taken standing below the halo, which was placed just above head height)."
Justin Hammond - Author, Collector and Curator of The Catlin Guide
"When compiling the 2010 edition of The Catlin Guide (a profile of the forty most promising new graduates in the UK) there was never any doubt over David's credentials. His name permanently hovered at the top of the shortlist. Since leaving college to become a full-time artist, David's output has further justified my initial belief and I've finally had the chance to commission his work for my own collection. Undeniably an artist to watch out for."
Monday 28th February 2011, The University of Derby, Faculty of Art and Design.
Tuesday 23rd September 2008, The College of West Anglia, Isle Campus.
Monday 21st April 2008, University of Derby, School of Art and Design.
Education and Qualifications:
2009: MA Fine Art
Chelsea College of Art and design, London.
2008: Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art - Pass
Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.
2003 - 2006: Fine Art BA (with Honours) Degree - First Class
University of Derby.
2002 - 2003: BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design - Distinction