the artist

David Graham

David Graham

Abington, PA

David Graham

David Graham’s subject is the American cultural landscape; a tireless traveler, his work is a celebration of freedom of expression, seeking out those Americans who are serious about the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Graham finds the space between private expression and public vulgarity hinting that in the future commercial billboards and handmade quilts might be found in the same museum. As Robert Venturi points out in “Taking Liberties”, Graham’s work is rooted in the element of juxtaposition, interpretation and the celebration of the everyday American experience, whether it is to be found in the public or private domain.

Fast Facts

Name: David Graham


Place of Birth: Abington, PA

University of the Arts, BFA 1976
Tyler School of Art, MFA 1981

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Instructor – Ray K. Metzker (instructor at PCA, now the University of the Arts)
Mentor – Emmet Gowin

Particular field of study or class work:

Major influences/admired artists:
Ray K. Metzker; Emmet Gowin; Walker Evans; Diane Arbus; Arnold Newman

Favorite materials or media:
8x10 color film

School or university affiliation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Moore College of Art and Design

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