Graff, David

Born in Alberta
Lives on Bowen Island, BC

Artist Statement

David Graff came to art-making through craft, and has applied the techniques learned as an artisan to create a thoroughly unique painting style. Beginning as a singer-songwriter with a lengthy career behind him, in 1994 Graff took up the craft of faux-finishing, working on residential and commercial interiors in Canada and the U.S. Through that, he began to incorporate the old-world artisan technique of gilding — hammering metal leaf onto surfaces, and it transformed his work. Using traditional gilding techniques combined with paints, dyes and chemical solutions, Graff’s works are unique in their juxtaposition of modern sensibility and old world craft.

David Graff