Dale Mathis: Sculptor
Feature artist in October of 2001, Dale Mathis debutes his Petite sculptures in his first ever solo show in the Las Vegas Arts District at Statement Art Gallery. Dale has been one of the founding artists of the arts district for over 10 years. His art seen in galleries all over the city, nation and world. But somehow, it was missed that he was never offered a solo show.
The whirring of gears and pistons, the whimsy of fantasy, and the grit of the street kid made good, all combine into the art of Dale Mathis.
A giant of a man with the heart of a poet, the mind of a master watchmaker, and the imagination of a great surrealist.
Dale Mathis mixed media, high relief sculptures and design objects defy the typical classifications of any art. The fantasy designs of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne coupled with an artist that any generation would be proud to call its own.
Dale Mathis sculptures and design objects are commanding, not just artistically, but physically. A "typical" Mathis work is mechanical, with moving gears, back- lighted, highly sculpted, often near 5' long by 4' wide and weighing at 80 lbs or more. Art imitates life, or in this case the 6'3", 300lb Artist who creates them. Bigger is better in the world of Dale Mathis.
His creations also speak from the heart of the discordant struggle of urban American life. Born Dale Charles Mathis in 1972, and raised in Inglewood, California. His was a childhood surrounded by gangs and crime. His family and art from the earliest ages shielded him and drew him to the path less traveled. Growing up in Inglewood, he always had a desire to be like MacGyver, taking things apart and not trying to put them back together but finding creative new uses for the parts. Follow the link in BOLD to see a video of Dale Mathis made to introduce his new line of Petite sculptures premiering at Statement Art Gallery in the month of October. The Art of Dale Mathis