David Graff began a successful gilded series of paintings in 2002 – applying many of the processes and techniques he had previously employed in large scale installations as part of his faux finishing work to the relatively smaller substrates of wood panels.
It was precisely at this time that David and Holly met, and GILT Studio Gallery (along with their enduring love affair) was launched.
David’s unique combination of gold, silver, and copper leaf, transparent color glazes and high sheen resin drew much attention and allowed him to quickly gain representation in numerous galleries in Canada and the U.S.
Taking her cue from these materials, Holly experimented to find a way to successfully use the metallic leaf on glass – a process that requires each piece to be worked in reverse – utilizing the organic way that gilt reacts with chemicals, heat and pigments.
For more than a decade now they have used the time-honored craft of gilding in a thoroughly modern context to produce paintings, a unique line of glass pieces, and a number of large-scale custom installations of singular depth and visual impact. Their work can be found in private and corporate collections around the world and has been seen in movies, television shows and magazines.