David Graham

MFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 1981
BFA, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA 1976
Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA 1970-1973

Tirelessly traveling the United States, David Graham captures the colorful, sometimes surreal, and often bizarre, in the thoroughly American landscape. Graham seeks out subjects which celebrate freedom of expression in colorful roadside attractions and general oddities: toys and trompe l’oeil signs found in suburban settings, idiosyncratic sculptures like the California dentist and his mammoth Amazon warriors, and eccentric scenes such as the Dallas hamburger stand that features a life size statue of Lenin. Chronicling the American scene with his unique sensibility and acknowledging popular forms of American photography — the snapshot, the family portrait, and vacation pictures — Graham brings relevance to the creativity and dreams of the common man.

Graham has published several books of his work including Taking Liberties, Ay, Cuba!, and Alone Together, as well as American Beauty and Land of the Free, which were published by Aperture, and most recently Almost Paradise  published by Pond Press. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has had solo exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York, the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, among others. 

Courtesy of the artist's website.

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