About Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum's Permanent Collection
Date: Jan. 16, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019
"Blue Tango" by David L. Smith
You own all the land, your paper, and can do with it as you prefer. “
The permanent collection of artwork in the Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum was created by Dr. David L. Smith, an emeritus professor at UW-Stevens Point. Smith’s style of art is described as decorative non-objective expression, an abstract form of art in which the content is often geometric in style but does not represent specific objects. The term “Scarabocchio” is a style of artwork developed by Smith, meaning “scribble or doodle” in Italian. As someone who has doodled frequently all of his life, Smith often incorporates his doodles into his artwork. In his Scarabocchio style pieces, Smith focuses on the basic elements and basic principles of art to make his designs visually appealing, unified and balanced. He first began developing his unique style in 1973. His works often include intricate series of lines and dots carefully repeated across the paper to create patterns and texture, first beginning with spontaneous and somewhat random markings and slowly progress into more and more deliberate marks as he develops the artwork. Each design he creates is unique and extremely detailed, taking him up to 40 hours to finish one design on an 8 ½ by 11 paper. Smith values the ability to use and encourage one’s imagination.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
~Albert Einstein (One of David Smith’s favorite quotes)
David L. Smith