biography and statements   

Born in Whitehorse, Yukon in 1958, David Antonides has studied in Vancouver, Europe and New York. His work is focused on watercolour  - but in an approach that creates a weight and drama not normally associated with this typically transparent and fragile medium. 

                                                       Frank Lee photo

"Water is a medium which intermediates the tangible with emotion and spirit.  It flows between intention and its own laws of nature and serendipity- its a collaboration of sorts.  Between the subtlety of complex colour transitions and the strength of dense, robust marks watercolour can make a strong statement and be monumental.  It can have weight and gravity."  "There is spirit and nature in the city.  We can feel it., although we may not always know where to see it."  The course of work has led to a focus on large format cityscapes and urban behaviour. David paints primarily in Berlin, Vancouver andNew York.  His work is included in corporate and private collections in Canada, USA, Europe and Asia.

        statement on cityscapes

This work is evolved from life experience and our group memory of the city, an evocation of intersections and paradoxes that emerge in our urban landscape. There is a compelling relationship between people and their urban context as active organic objects living and flowing through the chasms of inorganic and commanding architecture.  Beyond the strength and scale of the environment is nature as light and inspiration. This nature is overarching and lurks in the background; hidden, but its effects are ubiquitous. It creates a collective unity, embodying the spiritual - or perhaps just instinctive optimism.

In street-level images, our personal momentary experience may bring less identifiable images of people as suppressed identity, these are a closer-up view of us flowing at the street level. Each is a transitory representation of the other and iconic of our daily experience. I want these to be memory faded, imperfect, reduced to optimize our personal capacity for memory. A memory that finally becomes iconic and common in its appearance and recollection. These shapes are not entirely descriptive but shown as we may process them unconsciously. These become points to contextualize our selves as we find ourselves acceptably contrapuntal to them.

David has been influenced by Asian calligraphic and compositional work, Riopelle, Richter, de Kooning, Kline, Chu TehChun, Luc Tuymens and years rendering figure in watercolour.

This work is moving towards a meeting of Asian-influenced energetic brushwork and low-resolution digitized realism. In electronic and ad media, less production value results in a more convincing and engaging hypothesis. The meaning and structure appears between intentionality and the freedom to allow pigment to flow. These sorts of binaries are what this work strives to evoke.

As physical statements, these works are "artifacts"; deckled edges, push-pin marks, and scarred surface show signs of process. I want the paper to have its way with the pigment, water, and my actions so they speak clearly as an object not digitally reproducible.

"I want to be adept, unsteady and brave at the easel."

DAVID ANTONIDES

1958 born in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Painter and Sculptor

lives and works in Berlin

EDUCATION

2002 - 2006

Art Students League of New York

1999 – 2001

Vancouver Academy of Art, Vancouver

1998 - 2001

Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

1996

University of British Columbia art history (audited courses), Vancouver

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Professional Association of Berlin Visual Artists/ Berufsverband Bildender Künstler Berlins e.V. (BBK )

  • Artists’ Database and Archive of Art in Public Space/ Kunst im öffentlichen Raum im Kulturwerk des bbk berlin GmbH

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Brandenburgischer Kunstpreis der Märkischen Oderzeitung 2018, Skulptur (nominated)

Public Art Competition (shortlisted 8th) Humboldtforum im Berliner Schloss, Treppenhäuser I und V, Berlin, 2017

Brandenburgischer Kunstpreis der Märkischen Oderzeitung 2016, Malerei (nominated)

AOK Art Prize 2016,  Kunst trifft Gesundheit, (nominated)

Uckermärkische Kunstpreis 2016 (nominated)

Red Dot Award, Phyllis Harriman Gallery, New York, 2006



SELECTED PUBLIC SPACE  ACTIVITIES

2017 2nd round, Humboldtforum im Berliner Schloss, with proposal Welt-Wort

2017 - 2019 Glass project Luther Apfelgarten / Wartburg, Apple-garden installation and exhibition

2013 Painting in the Rain, 9 day performance and public viewing, Vancouver Harbour Authority

2010 Olympics Art Exhibition- O Zone, invited by Tumbleweed Gallery and Winter Olympics, Vancouver, Canada, Feb 2010

2009 Top of the Tower, Tower 49, New York, installation of 11 large format watercolors through the view of Tower 49

SELECTED ART FAIRS

2019 Art Innsbruck, with Part2 Gallery Düsseldorf, January 2019

2015 ARTESSENZ, Art Fair Berlin Sony Center, Berlin, August 2015

2013 Berliner Liste, Artfair with Albert Baake Galerie, Berlin, September 2013

2012 Toronto International Art Fair with Granville Fine Art, October 2012

SELECTED RESIDENCIES

2014 Kunst Mecklenburg Inspiriert,
        International Exchange and Exhibition, Kühlungsborn, Feb-Mar 2014




PROJECTS

Metropolis Touring Art Book - fine art prints by 303 artists, Italy, Germany Portugal, Brazil, USA, 3 year worldwide 2014-2017

12 Monate-12 Originale, Art Calendar, Berlin 2016

Mehr Berlin, Bilder eines Protests, Tagesspiegel, Berlin 25 Nov 2011
Experimental Glass, Project with Robert Held, Vancouver 2008


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

Heavy Lift, Märchenvilla, Eberswalde, Sept./ Oct 2019

2017

ZIP, Brunnen64 Gallery, Berlin, Sept/Oct 2017

2016

Insight,  Brunnen64 Gallery, Berlin, Feb/Mar 2016

2015

solo,  Brunnen64 Gallery, Berlin, Sept/Oct 2015

2014

Transcapes, Brunnen64 Gallery, Berlin, Oct-Dec 2014

Density, Broadfoot and Broadfoot, New Jersey, Sept 2014

2013

Ghost and Twins, Brunnen64 Gallery, Berlin, Nov/Dec 2013

City, Forest and Boat-Scapes, Granville Fine Art, Vancouver, June 2013

2012

Berlin Interiors and Urban Life, Brunnen64 Gallery, Berlin, May/June 2012

New Work, Broadfoot and Broadfoot Gallery, NYC, Mar 2012

2011

CITY CODE*required, Urban views and identities, Brunnen64 Gallery, Berlin, Mar/April 2011

Inner-view, Zeitfenster, interiors-inside out, Green Living, Kulturbrauerei Berlin, Feb 2011

2010

Inner-view, Zeitfenster, interiors-inside out, Brunnen64 Gallery, Berlin, Nov/Dec 2010

Berlin Finissage, Private home exhibition on Jasmunder Strasse, Berlin, June, 2010

New Work, Becker Galleries, Vancouver, Feb/Mar 2010

2009

Vancouver Narratives, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, Nov 2009

New Work, Broadfoot and Broadfoot Gallery, NYC, Oct 2009

2008

Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Broadfoot and Broadfoot Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2007

Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2006

AutoOne Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada




SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2019
Pulp + Process IV, An Exploration of Contemporary Canadian Art on Paper
Madrona Gallery, Victoria, Feb-March 2019


2018

Group Show, Part2 Gallery Düsseldorf, Dec 2018

9. Ausstellung Miniatur in der bildenden Kunst, Fürstenwalder Kunstpreis, Kunstgalerie Altes Rathaus Fürstenwalde, Sep 2018

III. Lithografietage International, lithography-competition Münchner Künstlerhaus, Aug/ Sep 2018

Brandenburgischer Kunstpreis 2018, Schloss Neuhardenberg, July/ August

Colours of Summer IX, Madrona Gallery, Victoria, Canada, June-Aug 2018

Wettbewerbsbeiträge Kunst-am-Bau, Treppenhäuser I und V, Humboldtforum im Berliner Schloss, Humboldtbox, Berlin, Mar 2018

Salon Nr. 2, Galerie Christine Knauber, Berlin, Mar-June 2018

Pulp + Process III, Madrona Gallery, Victoria, Canada, Jan 2018


2017

Metropolis Touring Art Book project continues to exhibit

Colours of summer VIII, Madrona Gallery, Victoria, Canada, June 2017

AOK Art Prize 2016 Show, Kunst trifft Gesundheit  Neubrandenburg, Berlin, Jan 2017

Spectrum, Art 345 Gallery, New York, Jan 2017
Uckermärkische Kunstpreis 2016,  Prenzlau, Kloster Chorin, Angermünde, Templin 2017


2016

Salon Nr. 1,  Galerie Christine Knauber, Berlin, Nov 16- Jan 2017

30 Year Anniversary Show, Artworks Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Oct 2016

Brandenburgischer Kunstpreis 2016, Schloss Neuhardenberg, Juli/ Aug 2016

Colors of the Summer, Madrona Gallery, Victoria, Canada, Jul 2016

AOK Art Prize 2016 Show, Kunst trifft Gesundheit, Schwerin, Berlin, Neubrandenburg, Jan-Dec 2016

Metropolis, Touring Art Book - fine art prints by 303 artists, Galerie 5ünf Sinne, Halle/Saale, Kulturhaus Milbersthofen, München; Biblioteca, Albergo delle Rovere, Palermo


2015

Group Work, Broadfoot and Broadfoot Gallery, NJ, 2015
OpenAirGallery
, Oberbaumbrücke, Berlin, June July 2015

Gallery Artists, 5th Anniversary Exhibition, Madrona Gallery, Victoria, Canada, June 2015

Scapes, Artworks Gallery, Vancouver, June/July 2015

Paper, with Barbara Yeomans, The Project 155, New York, May 2015
Metropolis, Touring Art Book -  fine art prints by 303 artists, BBK Druckwerkstatt, Berlin, Mar-June 2015

Urbanity, Artworks Gallery, Vancouver, Jan/Feb 2015

On-going Group Show, Albert Baake Galerie, Potsdam, Germany, 2015


2014

Weihnachtsausstellung, Stiftung Starke, Berlin, Nov/Dec/Jan 2014/2015

Spur der Steine, Lithografie-Ausstellung, BBK Druckwerkstatt Bethanien, Nov 2014

On-going, Albert Baake Galerie, Potsdam, Germany, 2014

transit, 30 links Berlin, Oct 2014

INSTANCE, with Carole McDermit, The Project 155, New York, Fall 2014

Kunst Mecklenburg Inspiriert, Kunsthalle Kühlungsborn, Germany, Mar 2014

Transmetropolis, GASAG Kunstraum, Berlin, Feb/Mar 2014

aufgekratzt und tiefgedruckt BBK Druckwerkstatt Bethanien, Berlin, Apr-July 2014

OpenAirGallery, Annual Oberbaumbrücke, Berlin, July 2014

Metropolis, Touring Art Book -  fine art prints by 303 artists, Centro Internazionale della Grafica Venice, Kunstfabrik HB 55 Berlin


2013

Weihnachtsausstellung, Stiftung Starke, Berlin, Nov/Dec/Jan 2013

Big and Small for All, Granville Fine Art, Vancouver, Nov 2013

Fall Arts Preview, Granville Fine Art, Vancouver, Oct 2013

Limerick/ Berlin Print Exchange, BBK Druckwerkstatt Kunstquartier Bethanien exhibits at Limerick Printmakers, Ireland, Sept/ Oct 2013

Macht Kunst, Deutsche Bank, Kunsthalle, Berlin,  April 2013

The Red Show, Granville Fine Art, Vancouver, Feb/Mar 2013

On-going Group Show, Albert Baake Galerie, Potsdam, Germany, 2013

Permanent Group Work, Broadfoot and Broadfoot Gallery, NJ, 2013


2012
Opening, The Project 155, New York, Dec 2012

Holiday Group Show, Granville Fine Art, Vancouver, Dec 2012
Broome Street Finissage, Broadfoot and Broadfoot Gallery, NYC, Nov/Dec 2012

Fall Arts Preview, Granville Fine Art, Vancouver, Oct 2012
Kunst pur, Sonderausstellung Wedding Kulturfestival Galerie Wedding, Berlin, Sept 2012

On-going Group Show, Albert Baake Galerie, Potsdam, Germany, Sep 2012

OpenAirGallery, Berlin, August 2012

NordArt, Internationale Kunstausstellung, Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Germany, Jun- Oct 2012

Sans Souci, Arbeiten auf Papier, Galerie 30 Links , Berlin und Rathaus Potsdam, Juli/Aug 2012
OpenAirGallery, Annual Oberbaumbrücke, Berlin, Juli 2012

South Granville Art Walk, Granville Fine Art, Vancouver, June 2012


2011

Werkstattdrucke, BBK Druckwerkstatt Bethanien, Berlin, Dec 2011

Permanent Group Show, Broadfoot and Broadfoot, NYC and NJ, 2011

Granville Fine Art, Vancouver


2010

Grand Opening, Becker Galleries, Vancouver, January 2010

Olympic Games Exhibition- O Zone with Tumbleweed Gallery, Vancouver, Feb 2010

Group Show, Broadfoot and Broadfoot Galleries, NYC and NJ, Apr 2010


2009

Cityscapes, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, Oct 2009

Annual Art Students League Shows, Phyllis Harriman Gallery, NYC, Mar 2009

ZBCA Annual Group Show, Zane Bennett Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, Nov/Dec 2009


2008

Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Broadfoot and Broadfoot Gallery, New York, NY, USA


2007

Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Phyllis Harriman Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Basic Inquiry Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada


2006

Phyllis Harriman Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Basic Inquiry Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada


2005

Basic Inquiry Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada


2004
Basic Inquiry Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada


ARTICLES

DIE LETZTEN DDR-KAUFHALLEN WERDEN ABGERISSEN
Die Kunst der Kaufhalle. Der kanadische Künstler David Antonides hat den Supermarkt an der Schwedter Straße Ecke Fürstenberger. Str. gemalt.
Tagesspiegel, Berlin 18.06.2018

LORENZ MAROLDT MAG MALEREI
Lieblingswerke
Tagesspiegel, Kunst Berlin 2017/ 2018

BALANCE OF POWER: DAVID ANTONIDES’S CITYSCAPES
by Nione Meakin, Christie’s International Real Estate, Luxury Lifestyle
Art and the Artist, October 31, 2017

RASANZ UND KRAFT,  David Antonides bei Galerie Christine Knauber
by Doris Heidelmeyer ARTERY, Berlin, December 12, 2016

ANERKENNUNG FÜR DIE KUNST
Ehrung der Preisträger des Uckermärkischen Kunstpreises am 27. Oktober in Prenzlau
by Dietmar Rietz, Märkische Oderzeitung, October 11, 2016

BRUNNENVIERTEL IM WANDEL
TV Interview
ZIBB, RBB, April 27, 2016

BUT WOULD IT FIT IN THE ELEVATOR 3: PAINTINGS
by Sue McDougall, Artelogical, November 28, 2014

INSIDE THE STUDIO - DAVID ANTONIDES
Saatchi Art, December 12, 2014

AUF HUNDENASENHÖHE
Mit “Transmetropolis” eröffnet die GASAG ihren neuen Kunstraum am Hackeschen Markt
Tagesspiegel, March 7, 2014

MECKLENBURG INSPIRIERT- AUCH IM WINTER
Sieben Künstler aus Kanada, Hongkong, Ägypten, Israel und Japan arbeiten im Februar in Kühlungsborn
by Lutz Werner, Ostseezeitung, Feb 7, 2014



VON DER FLÜCHTIGKEIT URBANER SZENERIEN
DAVID ANTONIDES Ein kanadischer Künstler in Berlin: urbane Motive zeigen spezifische Städte wie Berlin, New York oder San Francisco, In Potsdam, October 8, 2013

MOMENTS IN THE CITY, BIG AND SMALL
by Austin A. Williams, American Artist Watercolor, April 2013

BILDER EINES PROTESTS
Wie der Künstler David Antonides den Flugrouten-Protest sieht
Mehr Berlin, Tagesspiegel, Berlin 25 Nov 2011

DAVID ANTONIDES, WATERCOLORIST IN SOHO, NEW YORK
http://matthewfelixsun.blogspot.de, October 26, 2010

VANCOUVER TRANSIT AND ART
by Jason Vanderhill, The Buzzer, Vancouver, August 19, 2009