David A. Dreyer: Days Between at Valley House Gallery

March 23-April 27

Monday through Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm

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.



Valley House Gallery

6616 Spring Valley Road,