David S. Seagraves
David Seagraves was born in 1946 in Saint Louis, Missouri. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University School of Fine Arts in St. Louis in 1969, Mr. Seagraves completed his Master of Fine Arts at California College of Arts and Design, Oakland, in 1972.
In 1973, David moved to rural Elizabeth, Illinois and began working on house restorations, cabinetmaking and woodcarving. Several years later Mr. Seagraves established a woodworking shop in Elizabeth. Here he specialized in carved furniture, architectural carvings and small sculptures.
1981 First major statue commissions: 3’ figure of Mary and Anne for St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Morrison, Illinois
1982- Holy Family, Holy Cross Catholic Church – Stockton, Illinois. 31/2’ h., basswood
Our Lady of Grace, Grace Episcopal Church – Galena, Illinois. 3’ h., walnut
Crucifix, St. Anne’s Church – Morrison, Illinois. 6’ h., walnut
Saints Anne and Mary, Highcrest Center, Rockford, Illinois. 31/2’ h., basswood
Mary, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Elizabeth, Illinois. 61/2’., limestone
Farrell Memorial, Pius X Catholic Church, Rock Island, Illinois. 3’ h., walnut
John the Baptist, Trinity Catholic Church, Davenport, Iowa. 41/2’ h., walnut
Crucifix, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lockport, Illinois. 51/2’ h., mahogany
John he Baptist, St. John’s Cemetery, Johnsburg, Illinois. 3⁄4 life-size, mahogany
Crucifix, Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, Claredon Hills, Illinois. Total ht. 14’,
Corpus 9’ h., mahogany
Holy Family, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oregon, Illinois. 9’ h., limestone
Bas-relief bronze portrait of Robert Funderburg for YMCA, Belvidere, Illinois.
Bas-relief bronze portrait of Albert Robin for Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois.
Shepherd Christ, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Garnavillo, Iowa. 6’ h., mahogany
Edward the Confessor, St. Edward’s Catholic Church, Rockford, Illinois. 6’h., marble
Careers, bas-relief, Highland Community College, Freeport, Illinois. 9’ x a3’, mahogany
1994 Pieta, St. Mary’s, Elizabeth, Illinois. 3⁄4 life-size, marble
1995 Pair of life-size family groups, St. Daniel the Prophet (Catholic), Wheaton,
Risen Christ figure, St. Thomas, Freeport, Illinois. 8’ h. figure with 14’ cross. Basswood
Holy family, St. Thomas, Freeport, Illinois. Life-size, basswood
1996- Holy Family, St. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, Carlinville, Illinois. 7’ h., mahogany
Three angels (3/4 life-size), Crucifix and Mary statue (both life-size), St.
Patrick’s, Dixon, Illinois. Basswood
1998 Blackhawk, life-size bust. Mahogany. Winner Best of Show at International , Woodcarver’s Congress, Davenport, Iowa.
1999- Annunciation, statue of Mary. 4’ h., basswood. Third place at International, Woodcarver’s Congress, Davenport, Iowa
Three life-size angels supporting altar and pulpit, St. Michael the Archangel, Schereville, Indiana. Mahogany
Two limestone relief sculpture's, each 1' x 4' x 6' for UIC, Neuropychiatric Institute, sponsored by the Capital Development Board of Illinois, Art in Architecture Program
32 Bronze relief panels for Illinois National Guard Armories, sponsored by Capital Development Board of Illinois, Art in Architecture Program
2006 "Battle of Virden", Bronze 6.5' x 12' relief, Virden, Illinois
Demeter, Bronze Life-size Fields Project Selection 2006, Oregon, Illinois
2007 Dillon Family, Three Generations, Bronze Life-size Figures, Sterling, Illinois
2008 "Mounder", Bronze Life-size, Mountain Sheep Ram, Mt. Morris, Illinois
Angels with Madanna & Child, Bronze, 4' Figures, LaCross, Illinois
2009 Civil War Soldier, Bronze Life-size, Lincoln, Illinois
2010 John Bloom Tribute, Limestone, Two 10' x 10', Corn Field Relief, DeWitt, Iowa
Joe Marino (Mr. Fireworks), Bronze Life-size, Rockford, Illinois
2011 Bishop Lane, Limestone, 7' Figure, Rockford, Illinois
2012 Cor Mariae, Limestone, 7' Figure, Rockford, Illinois
2013 Mahogany Mural, 4" x 10' x 20', Swedish-American Cancer Hospital, Rockford, Illinois
Fountain Nymph, Bronze, 18"h, Mt. Morris, Illinois
2014 Wally Thurow (Mr. Pumpkin), Bronze Life-size, Sycamore, Illinois
Abraham Lincoln, Bronze Life-size, Lincoln, Illinois