Biography

David Graff

David Graff has had a circuitous but continuously creative route to his current status as an accomplished visual artist. From an early age, David Graff was a dedicated and passionate creative person, but music was where his interest and abilities first led him. This took the shape of a lengthy career as a singer/songwriter, including a stint as a songwriter/recording artist in Los Angeles in the late 80’s. In 1994 the urge to expand into the visual arts led him to start a decorative arts company, David Graff Decorative Painting, specializing in complex paint finishes, gilding and murals. That company enjoyed considerable success with their highly sought after work on high-end residential and commercial projects in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China. His work on the lobby of the Wilshire Grand in L.A. won an Interior Design Institute Award in 2001.
David Graff has had a circuitous but continuously creative route to his current status as an accomplished visual artist.

From an early age, David Graff was a dedicated and passionate creative person, but music was where his interest and abilities first led him. This took the shape of a lengthy career as a singer/songwriter, including a stint as a songwriter/recording artist in Los Angeles in the late 80’s. In 1994 the urge to expand into the visual arts led him to start a decorative arts company, David Graff Decorative Painting, specializing in complex paint finishes, gilding and murals. That company enjoyed considerable success with their highly sought after work on high-end residential and commercial projects in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China. His work on the lobby of the Wilshire Grand in L.A. won an Interior Design Institute Award in 2001.

He began his Gilded Series of paintings and three-dimensional work in 2002 by applying the processes and techniques he had previously employed in large scale installations to the smaller substrates of wood panels and glass. The unique combination of metallic leaf, transparent colour glazes and high sheen resin drew much attention and allowed him to quickly gain representation in numerous galleries across Canada and the U.S. His work is in private and corporate collections around the world and can be seen in movies, television shows and magazines.

Artist Statement
For nearly two decades, my approach to my art has been very much rooted in the materials and processes I use and the place I live.

Working in gilded media, I love exploring the possibilities inherent in the use of transparent colour over a surface that reflects light in such a dynamic way. Living on the west coast, the constantly changing light informs our everyday lives both practically and emotionally. The dynamic interaction between light and the natural elements that surround us leads to an understanding/appreciation of the fleeting nature of time, and an opportunity to revel in the fact that each day is an opportunity to start anew, to embrace all that we are offered.

In the way that my materials are highly reflective, my aim is to invite inspection of the dynamic play of light within a piece, prescribing, through its elements, a path to inner reflection. I’m constantly challenging the ability of my materials in order to capture the fleeting feelings of being in the natural world. Inviting the viewer to experience form and texture in a setting that embraces the capriciousness and happenstance inherent in the media I employ is constantly exciting and challenging.

Shows
Solo Show - “Brighter Days” - Tutt St. Art Gallery, Kelowna - August 2021
Solo Show - “A Gilded Point of View”- Art Works Gallery, Vancouver - November 2018
Group Show - Effusion Art Gallery, Invermere - November 2017
Solo Show - “Western Elements”- Art Works Gallery, Vancouver - December 2015
Group Show - Art Works Gallery, Vancouver - March 2014
Solo Show - “All That Glitters”- Tutt St. Art Gallery, Kelowna - May 2014
Duo Show - The Gallery at Artisan Square, Bowen Island - August 2013
Group Show - Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary - September 2010
Group Show - Whistler Village Art Gallery, Whistler - December 2008
Group Show - Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria - June 2006
Group Show - Aaron Ross Gallery, Vancouver - October 2005
Solo Show - “Gilt/Glass/Graff” - Aaron Ross Gallery Vancouver - March 2005
Group Show - Aaron Ross Gallery Vancouver - April 2003
David Graff

Artwork

  • Contemporary art. Title: Circle Game, Mixed Media, 31.5x60 in by Contemporary Canadian artist David Graff.

    Circle Game

    Mixed Media on Panel

    31.5 x 60 in | 80 x 152 cm

  • Contemporary art. Title: Circumlocution, Mixed Media, 21.5x21.5 in by Contemporary Canadian artist David Graff.

    Circumlocution

    Mixed Media on Panel

    21.5 x 21.5 in | 55 x 55 cm

  • Contemporary art. Title: Family Portrait, Mixed Media, 31.5x47 in by Canadian artist David Graff.

    Family Portrait

    Mixed Media on Panel

    31.5 x 47 in | 80 x 120 cm

  • Contemporary art. Title: Wintersleep, Mixed Media, 24x40 in by Contemporary Canadian artist David Graff.

    Wintersleep

    Mixed Media on Panel

    24 x 40 in | 61 x 102 cm

  • Contemporary art. Title :Elements Collide, Mixed Media on Panel, 21.5x21.5 in by Contemporary Canadian artist David Graff.

    Elements Collide

    Mixed Media on Panel

    21.5 x 21.5 in | 55 x 55 cm

  • Contemporary art. Title: Age of Confusion, Mixed Media on Panel, 21.5x 43 in by Contemporary Canadian artist David Graff.

    Age of Confusion

    Mixed Media on Panel

    21.5 x 43 in | 55 x 110 cm

  • Seascape art. Title: Golden Valley, Mixed Media on Panel, 24x39.5 in by Contemporary Canadian artist David Graff.

    Golden Valley

    Mixed Media on Panel

    24 x 40 in | 61 x 102 cm

  • Contemporary art. Title: Mono in Stereo, Mixed Media on Panel, 21.5x43 in by Contemporary Canadian artist David Graff.

    Mono in Stereo

    Mixed Media on Panel

    22 x 44 in | 56 x 112 cm

  • Landscape art. Title: Mountain Lake, Mixed Media, 21.5 x 21.5 in by Canadian artist David Graff.

    Mountain Lake

    Mixed Media on Panel

    22 x 22 in | 56 x 56 cm

  • Landscape art. Title: Ruby Lake, Mixed Media on Panel, 21.5 x21.5 in by Contemporary Canadian artist David Graff.

    Rudy Lake

    Mixed Media on Panel

    22 x 22 in | 56 x 56 cm

  • Seascape art. Title: Surfacing, Mixed Media on Panel, 30x60 in by Contemporary Canadian artist David Graff.

    Surfacing

    Mixed Media on Panel

    30 x 60 in | 76 x 153 cm

  • Seascape art. Title: Tempest, Mixed Media on Panel, 24x39.5 in by Contemporary Canadian artist David Graff.

    Tempest

    Mixed Media on Panel

    24 x 39.5 | 61 x 100 cm

  • Contemporary art. Title: Escaping the Core, 24x55.5 in by Contemporary Canadian artist David Graff.

    Escaping the Core – SOLD

    Mixed Media on Panel

    24 x 55.5 in | 61 x 141 cm

  • Contemporary art. Title: Depth Perception, Mixed Media, 21.5 x21.5 in by Canadian artist David Graff.

    Depth Perception – SOLD

    Mixed Media on Panel

    21.5 x 21.5 in | 55 x 55 cm

  • Seascape art. Title: Wave Theory #2-Mixed Media on Panel- 48x48 in by Contemporary Canadian artist David Graff.

    Wave Theory #2 – SOLD

    Mixed Media on Panel

    48 x 48 in | 122 x122 cm

  • Seascape art. Title: Outbound, Mixed Media on Panel, 24x55 in by Contemporary Canadian artist David Graff.

    Outbound – SOLD

    Mixed Media on Panel

    24 x 55 in | 61 x 140 cm

  • Contemporary art. Title: Land Bridge, Mixed Media on Panel, 59x29.5 in by Contemporary Canadian artist David Graff.

    Land Bridge – SOLD

    Mixed Media on Panel

    59 x 29.5 in | 150 x 75 cm

  • Contemporary art. Title: Continental Shelf, Mixed Media on Panel-24x36 in by Contemporary Canadian artist David Graff.

    Continental Shelf – SOLD

    Mixed Media on Panel

    24 x 36 in | 61 x 92 cm