This video is a collage of recent artworks from various solo exhibitions of mine in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The video mixes the artworks, rather than looking at each work on its own. The art takes on a kinetic mix, each piece being blended and diced into different compositions. I had fun doing it, and think the mix is a fun way to look at the art.
Being digitally produced artworks, the idea of mixing them on screen in movement and mixed strips is a logical environmental progression or alternative for them to be displayed on screen or printed in various formats as artworks.
Published on 16 Dec 2014 (National Gallery of Victoria video)
Experience the “Making of” Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. The National Gallery of Victoria is the only venue in the Asia Pacific region to host The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international exhibition dedicated to the groundbreaking French couturier. Playful, poetic, and transformative, Gaultier’s superbly crafted and detailed garments are inspired by the beauty and diversity of global cultures.
Summer in Melbourne on an evening of the White Night Festival. Crowded sreets, people enjoying the atmosphere. It reminded me some of Chang Mai’s Lantern festival (Thailand) such a buzz!)
There were 550,000 people out, they were not doing anything other that being out I think, as there didn’t seem to be a whole lot to look at for Melbourne’s 2014 White Night . . . my take on it is, give em free public transport and tell them the lights are on in the city, and half a million turn up! Ha!
A review of the Night Moves Exhibitions of my artworks at Brisbane BMW and Westside BMW in Brisbane.
The months of planning and personal involvement of Managing Director of the two BMW Businesses, Martin Roller, and Allanah Murket, Marketing Manager were invaluable in the planning and execution of the exhibition, my great thanks and appreciation to them and the BMW staff who are such great facilitators in helping things happen.
Philip Smouha, my elder brother and sister Lea Smouha visited the exhibition the first day it was open, and here is a part of a message Philip sent me after his visit . . “Hi David, really happy to see your work on display adding colour and life to a great world brand . .”
The whole event has been a great expression, thank you to all who helped me achieve this “dream”.
Here’s a bit of history . . As a client of Brisbane and Westside BMW, for years I had a vision of having an exhibition at these stylish inspiring spaces. When it came to planning this to become a reality, the first hurdle, crucial to an exhibition . . there was no wall space! Rather big oversight on my part, and functionality of my dream!
Using the easels was a great solution, but was an intrusion on the space, and gave no vision of what the artworks re going to look like on a board room wall, in a foyer or in a room.
The video is a review of the exhibition as it sat in these BMW Dealerships.
To family, loved ones, friends and acquaintances, me & my family send you wishes of a great Christmas, shared with those who love and accept you as you are. 2014 has been a great adventure. Make 2015 that way, enjoy in health, prosperity and in love.
My BMW Exhibitions commenced in Brisbane this week, at Brisbane BMW and Westside BMW. This vibrant painted look at Brisbane’s night lights is exciting & engaging and 3D. Viewable during business hours.
The 2 large canvasses and the 2 armchairs in this image above show a project that has been 3.5 years in the evolution. The environment of the pop art on the walls extended onto the furniture is epic and lush, vibrant and engaging, I am loving living in and around this!
The canvasses are about 1.5 m square, and the large cushions are about 1.2m square, armchairs standard comfy armchair style.
Furniture is a custom make using my fabric by MCM HOUSE, Devonshire Street Surry Hills NSW Australia, http://mcmhouse.com . Thank you to Charles and his staff for facilitating and making the chairs and cushions a reality!
Brisbane has a great night-cap of architecture and light – its shapes and contrasts of the skyline and coloured lights make it a fantasy of movement and colour. When the colour, shape and movement reflect on the river the colour blocking is outstanding.
I’ve taken those elements and accentuated the movements with whirring lines, 2D and 3D dots, triangular canopies and contour lines, all accentuating the movement and embedded with colour! This is an exciting exhibition about an exciting city.
The exhibition will be held in the showrooms of Brisbane BMW and Westside BMW December the 8th to 22nd 2014. All welcome.
California Road Trip with my youngest son Joel. Thanks for a great trip son!
Talk about awesome company . . YOU ARE!
This video shows some highlights of our road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles, along the Pacific Coast Highway, through Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, the Post Ranch Inn, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Venice Beach.
All the footage in this project was shot on an iPhone 6 Plus in “time lapse” mode, then edited in FCP X, (Final Cut Pro X), where I added effects and changed the timing mostly to 25 or 50 % of the native time lapse speed.
Video shot by Myself, Joel Smouha, and my great friend Barbara Tapp, artist, of Berkley, California shot the opening scene . . Thank you Barbara!
On December 2nd, 2014, Westside BME and Brisbane BMW are releasing the all new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, and a new model of the BMW X6.
To coincide with this event I have an exhibition opening at each of their show rooms in Brisbane.
The exhibition is NIGHT MOVES, featuring 22 artworks of Brisbane at Night, some images are of Riverfire 2014.
Here is an assembly done in Photoshop of the Beach Hut, South Beach Miami Fl, diptych and, the matching upholstered arm chair.
My most recent development in art is the re interpretation of some of my design elements from my artworks onto fabric, and then having the fabric print used to upholster furniture. I am really pleased with the result and the textile print in this first finished product.
Another shot of Brisbane and the Story Bridge. This image is one I am working on bio morphing for the Brisbane BMW exhibition coinciding with the introduction of the 2 Series Active Touring and the BMW X6 new model release.
The exhibition features night imagery heavily, and photoGRAPHIC artworks of the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers coastline.
Here I was in Brisbane – an hours drive from where I live, yet a world away. I was here for the Adobe Create Now Roadshow . . a great human, business and artistic engineering feat, and hats off to the inspiring and challenging presenters.
Matt Jackson ( @affectorsmatt your riddles were insightful and deep digging, and fast – well done.)
This Story Bridge image is one I am working on for a series of my art that will be displayed at Brisbane BMW from December 2nd 2014. The Story Bridge began its life as an industrial/engineering project to unite 2 very different parts of the city of Brisbane, uniting and strengthening it’s 2 different cultures. Now it is an artwork, always being photographed, painted and lit in different ways.
Matt Jackson quote “I am building bridges between Art and Commerce everyday”
here’s a bridge I am working on for that purpose as well.
Yeah! More of the beauties I love around Paris. Saint Chapelle is not as visited as Notre Dame, but it’s beauty is an elating experience to behold and be taken aback by, as you bask in thousands of stained glass windows that depict many scenes from God’s Holy Word – JESUS!
July 2014, I had three glorious days in Paris, I travelled there with my great friend Maureen, and my brief was just to go and enjoy Paris together, so I just did a lot of my favourite things in Paris, we had a very rewarding fun time!
July 2014 I visited Le Touquet in Northern France with a great friend Maureen – driving a car from the UK via the Euro Tunnel, de training at Callais and driving down the coast to Le Touquet.
The town is like Disneyland! Cute and beautiful, colourful and orderly, and full of surprises.Most of the photos I am posting are taken from the beach at our hotel, the Novotel Thalassa Le Touquet, right on the beach, with amazing sunsets and moon rises, along with wind cart racers during the day – we had a wonderful time, my travel companion Maureen and myself!
To me, this is something that is worth thinking upon for some quiet moments of reflection resulting in boldness, and confidence to receive from God what you have asked.
1 John 3:21-22 ” Beloved if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight”.
Well it was a great evening at the Tweed Regional Gallery in Northern NSW at the opening of the Border Art Prize, 2014. I was thrilled when I saw my piece, because it looked so great in the gallery, with people looking at it, commenting on it,. I remarked to my friend Dennis who was with me, gee . . this looks likes Jules Hunt’s work, referring to the photograph next to my digital art work, and sure enough it was. . . how’s that Jules? . . We are exhibiting together.
Congratulations to the Tweed Regional Gallery for such a coherent and well presented exhibition, very well put together, and congratulations to all the artists, as the works were professional, inspired and engaging.
This is a picture of me and one of my guests at the opening night of my Sydney exhibition at East Sydney Doctors Gallery in Darley Road, Darlinghurst. One of my guests and I decided a HOT BUNS Competition could be fun to have in front of the Bourke Street Bakery painting, “HOT BUNS”. Just a whole lot of fun!
On Friday June 6th I was driven by my gorgeous friend Robyn Cheah to the Tweed Regional Gallery to deliver my entry in the Border Art Prize. My entry “COASTAL WOODSMAN” is a 12 colour giclee print on Hahnehmule 100% fine cotton canvas, dimensions 98 cm x 95 cm. My painting is entered in the digital art category . . watch this space for news of any recognition!
These photos, taken on Monday May 26th show the splendour and delight of the lighting patterns projected, placed in installations and around the harbour and city, that make VIVID so popular internationally.
Faith – it’s no mystery, it is now – it’s an assurance of unseen, a confidence inside us that comes from God’s word – Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17) and it builds substance to what we hope for!
I have used the airplane arrivals design text to help illustrate faith – the plane has not arrived or left, and we believe whats on the board, travelling long distances to get to the airport to catch that plane, well before we have seen it.
God’s written word may not have all arrived, but you need to be in a place of faith to be there to receive it and make it manifest. 🙂
Each Day I spend the first part fellowshipping with my great friend & redeemer, Jesus, through his Word-the more sure word of testimony according to Peter, than actually being around Jesus during his time ministering on earth . . I have been doodling scriptures with pen & paper, and recently started using Adobe Illustrator (CS6) to create these word pictures . . ENJOY!
Commencing today I excitedly announce my first Sydney Exhibition.
The exhibition is at ESD Gallery, 102 Burton Street Darlinghurst NSW 2010, opening March 14th 2014 until April 8th 2014.
All of my artworks can be ordered off this site via discussion by email, and in the months to come an online portal for ordering will be available. But enough of that . . here are the artworks . . UFP = Unframed Print – Framing is as per the hung gallery – images to be published.
An informal chat number 2, with artist David Smouha in his Kingscliff NSW Studio.As a lead up to my exhibition in Sydney at the ESD Gallery 102 Burton Street Darlinghurst 2012, March 14 to April 8 2014, I am releasing some footage of informal chats in my studio.
With 4 weeks to my March exhibition in Sydney I am producing several video grabs to highlight and promote my work and the exhibition, this is the first one. This one really is just an introduction to the style of my work.
This is best viewed in full screen.
These images taken at a recent SLSC Nipper’s Carnival captivate the simplicity of sport and safety on the beach. The Salt SLSC has their Sportsmans Lunch today and these two artworks are up for auction to raise money for the Salt Surf Club Building Fund.
Salt SLSC President, Mark Humphries will be auctioning these along with a host of other valuable surf and sporting memorabilia to a sell out crowd at the Saltbar and Beachbar and Bistro at 1 Bells Blvd, Kingscliff NSW 2487. 12 Midday 7th February 2014
Joel Parkinson, a homegrown world champion surfer will be speaking and mucking up at the lunch throughout the afternoon.
My first exhibition in Sydney, a great “homecoming” in March 2014. Venue is ESD Gallery, 102 Burton Street Darlinghurst. The poster features DESTINY HAS ARRIVED, who has been invited to open the exhibition.
Spurred on by my BMW Art Series of paintings, I want a new BMW art car to work with . . the big question is . . Will I use my own new X5 wagon as the Art Car? Well I am thinking about it . . maybe like Jeff Koons on the 2010 BMW M3 GT2, I could have the stripes printed and then used as decals to cover the appropriate parts of the car!
A painting from a photograph I took from Cremorne Point on the Northern Shore of Sydney Harbour, during the 2009 Navy Day in Sydney Harbour. The Opera House and City are behind the frigate.
Surfers Paradise at sunset, taken from Nobby’s Beach, overlaid with a burn out of the night shot of the same view that has been warped.
Because it’s yellow it doesn’t mean I was taking the piss out of Coca Cola! The actual focus of the painting and collage is the pink umbrella – a feature from my good friend, Jay Batchelor’s Motor Cycle Workshop, Sydney Mortorcycle Workshop, (SMW) in Euston Road Alexandria. For s butch lot of mechanics who look after the Dykes on Bikes at Mardi Gras, the PINK UMBRELLA explains a lot!
Our family road trip started its second phase in San Francisco and the California part went to Yosemite and then Death Valley en route to Las Vegas. Largely still photo animation as California 101 is, the images are a compilation of photos taken by myself and other members of the family.
Each year I produce a video or email news letter that captures some Spirit of the Christmas Season, and shows some of our family adventures through the year – that gets tougher & tougher as we live all over the globe now! Anyway I eat ice cream in San Francisco on this one & I created angels from Marc Chagall’s paintings inspired from Hebrew Bible stories.
Merry Christmas and very best wishes for a great time ahead in 2014 . . reflect, give thanks and rest up before it hits!
After the successful installation of a major commission work at Brisbane BMW and Mini Garage, in Fortitude Valley, I am thrilled to have my first BMW Artwork, M3 Dreaming, offered for sale at the reception there.
Today I had the privilege of hanging a large commissioned artwork for the Managing Director of Brisbane BMW and Mini Garage. It is unfair to just say I was thrilled with how this art piece, until it is seen by the MD I will not pass further comment – watch this space tomorrow!
After Monday’s install, I waited till Tuesday to email my client to make sure he was happy with the artwork and the install.
His reply . . “David I love it, well done!”
A magnificent Sunday morning in London, my daughter took me to Brick Lane for a bagel for brekky, and then on to the London Flower Markets.
Amid all the colour, huddle and bustle I discovered as I glanced up, this masculine bloke in a flannelette check shirt, jeans and boots, with a FOX head on, doing needle point, sitting in a windowsill above a flower stall. The adjoining window was graffitied with “follow your heart” he held my gaze for 10 minutes, and I watched to see if others noticed, but nope, I think that day he was my special performance, which I enjoyed immensely!