David Franklin

(American, born 1972)

David Franklin creates public art in a variety of styles and materials, including metal, glass, and wood. He seeks to create an instant connection between the viewer and his art. Franklin is a non-Native artist, and some of his artworks are influenced by Native American Northwest Coast styles.

Franklin grew up in Denver, Colorado, and started his art career with graffiti. In the early 1990s, he moved to the Pacific Northwest. He began a ten-year apprenticeship with non-Native artist and carver Duane Pasco, who has made the study of Indigenous artistic traditions of the Northwest Coast his life’s work. Franklin learned graphic and sculptural skills, and he gained experience with large-scale art fabrication and installation. He lives and works in Indianola, on the Kitsap Peninsula, southern Puget Sound, Western Washington.