David Kaarsemaker, Portage 1, 2017. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 24 x 32 inches

David Kaarsemaker, Portage 1, 2017. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 24 x 32 inches

DAVID KAARSEMAKER, MFA '14, Finalist in RBC Painting Competition 2017

From the RBC Painting competition: 
David Kaarsemaker holds an MFA from the University of Ottawa and a BFA from Concordia. His paintings explore the dichotomy between illusory depth and material surface, making use of models created from photographs that reference idealism in architecture. He paints images that have become increasingly distorted, limiting access to them through a scrim of surface gestures. A lengthy process of projecting and re-projecting images onto cardboard models allows him to abstract the image before reconstituting it as a painted representation. In addition to the perspectival space represented, the under-painted and sanded-down brushwork functions both as an index of the gesture and as an allusion to such things as topographic maps or geological strata. He aims to convey both a sense of mental distance from the ostensible subjects of his paintings, and a glowing and tangible presence. Kaarsemaker is represented by Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s and St.Laurent + Hill in Ottawa.

The University of Ottawa Visual Arts Department congratulates David on his nomination!