David Smedley received his BFA with honors from the SUNY Binghamton (now Binghamton University), and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania where he won the Charles Addams Memorial Prize. Smedley is a former Howard University professor, where for 23 years he coordinated the BFA and MFA sculpture programs, and managed the Art Department’s Sculpture studio and fabrication shop.
Smedley creates sculpture, unique furniture, custom awards, and architectural elements using a range of traditional and unusual materials. Nature, phenomena, space, light and life inspire his work. He has cultivated a broad aesthetic language through construction processes for over 40 years. He often layers his artwork with expressive and conceptual considerations, and is most interested in reckoning human perception with some form of divine truth and uncorrupted beauty.
Smedley also works primarily by commission. His bronze, stone, and exotic hardwood custom sculpture awards have been given to civil rights leaders, politicians, and celebrities for over two decades. He has sculptures in museums in Detroit, Washington DC, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Smedley’s ongoing projects also include wood and stone carving, wood and concrete furniture, body casting and figurative sculpture. He is currently making porcelain tile modular elements for a line of abstract geometric sculptures based on paper and computer models. Coming soon…