Creating drawings and films that address the boundaries between object, event and symbol, Dean Smith investigates the aesthetics of wonder: a ceaseless human impulse to render the invisible visible. Exploring dichotomies such as geometry/biology, micro/macro, expansion/contraction, concrete/speculative, his work conflates these distinctions creating paradoxical conjunctions of opposites.
Dean Smith received a double B.A. in Art and the History of Art in 1984 and a M.F.A. degree in 1988 all from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a recipient of a California Arts Council Fellowship Award in 2002.
Smith's drawings have exhibited nationally and internationally with solo exhibitions at Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco; Gallery Joe, Philadelphia; Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica; and Marvelli Gallery, New York. His drawings are represented in numerous public collections: The British Museum, London; Hammer Museum and LACMA, Los Angeles; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York; Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; and the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum.
Smith's films have screened at San Francisco Cinematheque; The 19th London Lesbian/Gay Film Festival at the National Theater, London; Clarke Centre, Montreal; Kunst Museum, Zurich; ATA: Artists Television Access, San Francisco; and in galleries nationally and internationally.
Dean Smith lives in San Francisco, California and works in neighboring West Oakland.