Dale Mathis


With the mind of a master watchmaker, the hands of a carpenter and the eye of an artist, Dale Mathis’ art merges the old and new, industrial and civilized. It’s kinetic, and it’s deep, both in the concepts and execution.

Art imitates life, and in life, there’s always something beneath the surface. There’s always something keeping the flow, moving the pieces and parts where they need to go, and in Mathis’ work, what’s beneath the surface are pistons and gears that move with a whir.

“My art has elements of science fiction and elegance. That’s an unusual pair,” Mathis said. “I’d like to think that my pieces make people think, but they also make people smile, no matter if they like them or not.”

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. The subtle influences of the fantasy designs of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and Edmondia Lewis set Mathis into a category all to himself.

A self-taught artist, he worked on construction sites with his father. The artistic influences as a child began to be expressed as a young adult. Mathis began building mechanized art pieces that captured the imagination of his childhood. Collectors and galleries began to take notice and a career in art was born.

Seeking to break with the intensity of urban life to find solace and focus, Dale established a new life as an artist working half of the year from his studio, DMSI (Dale Mathis Studio Inc.) in the Philippines. The idyllic environment, people, culture and love of art have embraced him as much as he has embraced them. He currently spends equal amounts of time in both the United States and the Philippines.

His art continues to command collectors around the world. A few of his principal collectors and corporate collections include, but not limited to, The Prince of Qatar; Damon Wayans; Criss Angel; Teller (of Penn and Teller); Sunrise Children’s Hospital; and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Additionally, his artwork resides in galleries and private collections around the United States as well as in London, Italy, France, Russia, Turkey, Brazil, Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Qatar, Dubai, Japan, China, India and Mexico.

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Current Releases


“Mini Quarter Till”
24″ in diameter

“Mini Astro”
24″ in diameter

“Astrological Clock”
The astrological clock is a simple map of our solar system. Like our universe, every element of the piece is precisely placed for a reason, from the horoscope glyphs to the planets, the colorful nebula to the sun at the center. Everything has a meaning, carefully set on its own orbital track.
dimension: diameter 48″ x extension 7″ | weight: 86 lbs
finish: gun metal & silver finish (note: this is a single finish, not selection)
edition size: 100 | materials: eco wood, swarovski crystals, silver composite, acrylic glass, led lighting

“Behalf Clock Gun Metal”
The Behalf depicts the relationship between couples in a constant state of movement, showing the hard work of the gear mechanisms that maintain a healthy, functional relationship. Each half of the circle, as different as they may be, compliments the other, and represents the beauty of the couple as they illuminate as a whole.
dimension: diameter 32″ x extension 4″ | weight: 31 lbs
finish: gun metal | edition size: 500
materials: eco wood, swarovski crystals, aluminum, acrylic glass, led lighting

“Behalf Clock Gold & Silver”
The Behalf depicts the relationship between couples in a constant state of movement, showing the hard work of the gear mechanisms that maintain a healthy, functional relationship. Each half of the circle, as different as they may be, compliments the other, and represents the beauty of the couple as a whole.
dimension: diameter 32″ x extension 4″ | weight: 31 lbs
finish:  gold & silver finish | edition size: 500
materials: eco wood, swarovski crystals, aluminum, acrylic glass, led lighting

 “Killing Time”
Killing Time is a functional and illuminated timepiece that is purely inspired by the surrealism of Salvador Dali and the imagination of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
dimension: height 51″ x width 41″ x extension 11″ | weight: 93lbs
finish: silver finish | edition size: 100
materials: eco wood, swarovski crystals, silver composite, acrylic glass, led lighting

“Wicked Clock”
28″ x 53″ x5.25″

“Quarter Till”
38.5” Diameter
(Sold Out Edition of 100)

“Steel Coffee Table”

“David Mechanica”
The power of this piece comes from the celebration of the underdog. That moment right before you conquer your worst fears once and for all.
dimension: length 51″ x width 41″ x depth 11″ | weight: 92 lbs
finish: gun metal & silver finish (note: this is a single finish, not selection)
edition size: 100 | materials: eco wood, swarovski crystals, silver composite, led lighting

“Beat of My Broken Heart”
The piece was inspired by the breakup of family, a possible bitter custody battle and the resolution between father and mother to raise their offspring in harmony.
dimension: length 51″ x width 41″ x depth 11″ | weight: 90 lbs
finish: antique red | edition size: 100
materials: eco wood, swarovski crystals, aluminum, glass

“Executive Desk”
The Executive Desk is a fully functional visual and kinetic interpretation of a desk, with keyboard and mouse trays designed to infringe on the viewer’s perception of reality, causing even the minute to become a major focus.
dimension: length 91″ x width 36″ x depth 33″ | weight: 297 lbs
finish: antique red, ferarri red, gun metal, metallic silver
edition size: 100 | materials: eco wood, swarovski crystals, aluminum, glass

“The Green Bar”
A modern bar that is unique and functional as it reflects the dynamic synergy of the Executive Desk.
dimension: length 69″ x width 107″ x depth 32″ | eight: 385 lbs
finish: silver & copper finsh | edition size: 100
materials: eco wood, swarovski crystals, aluminum, glass, acrylic glass, led lighting

“Keepers Of The Gate”
Renaissance art always depicts Cherubs and other types of Angels fighting evil with primitive weaponry. Mathis brings this theme up-to-date in an American patriotic way.
dimension: height 51″ x width 41″ x extension 11″ | weight: 93 lbs
finish: silver & copper finish | edition size: 100
materials: eco wood, swarovski crystals, silver composite, led lighting

“Key To Freedom”
Inspired by the courage of women to set themselves free from abusive relationships in order to create a better life for their children and their own independence from the perspective of a child.
dimension: height 51″ x width 41″ x extension 11″ | weight: 93 lbs
finish: silver & copper finish | edition size: 100
materials: eco wood, swarovski crystals, silver composite, led lighting

“No Way Out”
A strong visual piece depicting life in a harsh urban environment whereby metal is enhanced by the color of light, given strength to withstand unforeseen forces, the mechanized inner workings of the spirit within, and a street address that depicts the artist’s home as a child.
dimension: length 10″ x height 22″ x width 15″ | weight: 34 lbs
finish: silver and copper finish | edition size: 100
materials: eco wood, swarovski crystals, led lighting