Dave Graham

Dave Graham

James MacDonald

This sculpture of Dave Graham expresses the value of tradition. It expresses tradition for a number of reasons, firstly because Dave Graham was dutiful to his country. Born in Glasgow, Dave followed the tradition of serving in the military. After a short stint at the Glasgow School of Art studying stained glass, Dave Graham was conscripted into the British Army and sent to serve in Suez. I enjoyed my portrait sittings with Dave and learning his story. 

The sculpture also expresses tradition because of the traditional method used in its production. I used water based clay on a wood and wire armature to model a likeness, before casting it in plaster. It is a very hands-on process from the clay modelling to the finishing of a piece and is essentially the same technique used by artists from history.


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