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David Franklin

American Made Since 1993

David Franklin

Indianola, Washington
Abstract yet figurative I make work that is meant to reach a wide audience, in a variety of media with traditional skill at its core.

Tell us about your business.

David moved to the Northwest in the early nineties and learned to carve from noted carver Duane Pasco. His first public commissions were for the Bremerton Transportation Center and the Poulsbo Library, and then with Miller Hull Partnership on designing and fabricating four large sliding security doors as integral artworks for the building itself. The Burke Museum, part of the University of Washington, acquired a 30’ totem he designed.Public commissions through Washington State Arts Commission, The City of Shoreline Washington, King County and Cheney Stadium in Tacoma Washington. That summer he also completed another public commission detailing an element of aTeam Pain designed skate park in Northglenn CO. In 2013 he completed a three month Arts/Industry residency in the pottery of the Kohler Factory in Wisconsin. He has also worked with and for noted native artists Marvin Oliver and Joe David Preston Singletary and Shaun Peterson.

What makes your business stand out?

I embarked on the journey to follow my creativity nearly twenty years ago as a member of a graffiti crew in Denver. The search for something better in my life led me to the Northwest where I discovered inspiration from an unusual source for a white kid from Colorado. I immersed myself in learning the traditional native art forms of the Northwest. From making my own tools to becoming an apprentice for ten years to a prominent local sculptor. This was the source of the discipline I needed, and I used these skills to create a number of public and private commissions inspired by local traditions that had been largely neglected. That was when I began the second part of my experience as an artist. I began to make public work that was inspired by the communities they were made for, creating a learning process and expression that would embody something of my skills and the people of communities that I was getting to work with.

What's the best business advice you've received?

"Think big." from my freind BIll Marler Marler/Clark law firm.
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    Oct. 17, 2014

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