Spring - water in the green creek is clear
Moonlight on Cold Mountain is white
Silent knowledge -- the spirit is enlightened of itself
Contemplate the void: this world exceeds stillness.
—Han-shan, Cold Mountain Chinese poet, translation by Gary Snyder
This early Chinese poem echoes the way David A. Dreyer finds inspiration in stillness—stillness in nature and in the isolation of his studio. Observations of the vast landscapes and skies in Texas and New Mexico inform his personal language of pictorial elements built over time in layers of color and line. The process of painting is an uncertain path, fueled by curiosity and listening. Small graphite drawings are the impetus for Dreyer’s oil paintings, which develop through intuitive responses to the work as it progresses. Phrases written on the edge of the canvas at critical stages of the paintings’ development become titles in poetic verse that reveal transitions in Dreyer’s path within the abstract.
Dallas artist David A. Dreyer earned his BFA in 1990 and his MFA in 1992, both from Southern Methodist University. We are honored to present his seventh exhibition at Valley House Gallery.