David Graham | Blacksmith | Sculptor

David Graham at work in the Simply Forged workshop.

Curriculum Vitae

Artist statement:

I use traditional methods combined with a keen eye for detail to create works that are unique, high quality and custom-made.

Specialising in heritage restoration and sculpture, each project is approached with care and the end result in mind – from design and construction through to final installation.

My unique practice explores the potential of contemporary blacksmithing. My works evaluate and extend the possibilities of forging hot steel in a constant attempt to shift objects from a purely utilitarian beginning to a wholly reimagined future state.

I am inspired by organic shapes, the ocean and the beach. I draw inspiration from the things that surround me. As I am an avid surfer, the surfing lifestyle itself is a huge influence; the ocean in all of its mood’s.

I have refined my craft for over 20 years, engaging multiple mentors. I have been a resident artist at Ashmore Arts for 5 years where I have collaborated on numerous commissions for both private and corporate clients. 

Select Projects:

2019 “Kelp” Sculpture, The Point Town Park, Point Lonsdale.

2019 Central Park Memorial gates, Stawell, Northern Grampians Shire.

2019 Wedge Tailed Eagle Sculpture, Frankston City council.

2019 Shop fit-out, XTM Performance, Commercial Project.

2018 “Windswept” gate, East Geelong, Private Commission.

2018 “Moonah” gate, Breamlea, Private Commission.

2018 “Bull Kelp” gate, Anglesea, Private Commission.

2017 “Wrought in Sunshine” works, Group Exhibition

2017 “Kelp” sculpture, Jan Juc, Private Commission.

2017 Birdbath, Thornbury, Private Commission.

2017 Birdbath, copper, Jan Juc, Private Commission.

2017 wood rack, Bellbrae, Private Commission.

2016 Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie, Collaborative Commercial Project.

2016 “feather” sign, Private Commission.

2016 “Sea scape”, gate, Private Commission

Professional development:

  • 2019 Master class Sculpture collaboration, Waterside Metal art Footscray, Victoria
  • 2018 Botanical intensive Master class, Waterside Metal Art, Footscray, Victoria


2002-2015 Carpenter Sub-contractor

1997-2005 Australian Blacksmiths Association Vic.

2003- Cert IV Building, RMIT

1998-2002 Apprenticeship Carpentry.