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 for me is a medium which intermediates the tangible with emotion and spirit.  It flows between my intention and its own laws of nature and serendipity- its a collaboration of sorts.  I explore the contrast 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 David's 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 my experience and our group memory of the city, an evocation of intersections and paradoxes that emerge in our urban landscape. I find 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.

I wanted also to show street-level images: our personal momentary experience*. Less identifiable images of people (their identity is suppressed), 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.

My influences include Asian calligraphic and compositional work, Riopelle, Richter, de Kooning, Kline, Chu TehChun, Luc Tuymens and years rendering figure in watercolour.

My work is moving towards a meeting of Asian-influenced energetic brushwork and YouTube and cell phone camera realism. In electronic and ad media, less production value results in a more convincing and engaging hypothesis. The meaning and structure appears between my intentionality and the freedom to allow pigment to flow. These sorts of binaries are what my 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 CV and Exhibition List

EDUCATION

Art Students League of New York 2002 - 2006

Vancouver Academy of Art 1999 – 2001

Western University, London Ontario 1998 - 2001

University of British Columbia art history 1996 (audited courses)

 SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016

"Insight",  Brunnen64 Gallery, Berlin, Feb/Mar 2016

2015

"solo",  Brunnen64 Gallery, Berlin, Sept Oct 2015

The Project 155, New York, Mar 2015

„Permanent“, Broadfoot and Broadfoot Gallery, NJ, 2015

2014

„ONLY DENSITY“, Brunnen64, Berlin, Apr/May 2014

„Density“, Broadfoot and Broadfoot, New Jersey, Sept 2014

„Transcapes“, Brunnen64, Berlin, Oct-Dec 2014

„INSTANCE“, The Project 155, New York, Nov 2014

2013

„Ghost and Twins“, Brunnen64, Berlin, Nov/Dec 2013

„Summer Days“, Brunnen64, Berlin, July/Aug 2013

„New Work“, Granville Fine Art, Vancouver, Apr 2013

2012

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

„Berlin Interiors and Urban Life“, Brunnen64, Berlin, May/June 2012

2011

„Lines around Berlin, Paths through NYC“, Brunnen64, Berlin, May 2011

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

2010

„Inner-view, Zeitfenster“, Brunnen64, Berlin, Nov/Dec 2010

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

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

2009

„Vancouver Narratives“, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, Nov 2009

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

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

AOK Art Prize Show, Schwedt, Berlin, Neubrandenburg, Jan 2016 to Dec 2016

"Approaches",  The Project 155, New York, Jan Feb 2016

"Metropolis" Touring Art Book - etchings by 303 artists, Venice, Berlin, 3 year worldwide until 2017

2015

"Metropolis", BBK Druckwerkstatt, Berlin, Mar June 2015

"Paper",  The Project 155, New York, May 2015

"Gallery Artists", Madrona Gallery, Victoria, Canada, Aug 2015

"Urbanity", Artworks Gallery, Vancouver, Jan Feb 2015

"Scapes", Artworks Gallery, Vancouver, June July 2015

„Group Work“, Broadfoot and Broadfoot Gallery, NJ, 2015

Annual Oberbaumbruecke, Open Air Gallery, Berlin, June July 2015

"ARTESSENZ", Art Fair Berlin Sony Center, Berlin, Aug 2015

"Metropolis" Touring Art Book - etchings by 303 artists, Venice, Berlin, 3 year worldwide until 2017

„On-going“, Albert Baake Galerie, Potsdam, Germany, 2015

2014

„Transmetropolis“, GASAG Kunstraum, Berlin, Feb/Mar 2014

„Kunst Mecklenburg Inspiriert“, Kunsthalle, Kühlungsborn, Ger, Mar 2014

„aufgekratzt und tiefgedruckt“ BBK Druckwerkstatt, Berlin Apr-July 2014

Annual Oberbaumbruecke, Open Air Gallery, Berlin, July 2014

"Metropolis" Touring Art Book - etchings by 303 artists, Venice, Berlin, 3 year worldwide 2014 to 2017

2013

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

„Macht Kunst“, Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin, Apr 2013

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

Druckwerkstatt Kunstquartier Bethanien exhibits at Limerick Printmakers, Ireland, Oct/Sept 2013

„On-going“, Albert Baake Galerie, Potsdam, Germany, 2013

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

„Art Walk“, Granville Fine Art, Vancouver, June 2013

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

„Big and Small for All“, Granville Fine Art, Vancouver, Oct 2013

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

2012

„Fall Arts Preview“ , Granville Fine Art, Vancouver, Oct, 2012

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

Open Air Gallery, Berlin, Aug 2012

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

NordArt, Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Germany

„Broome Street Finissage“, Broadfoot and Broadfoot Gallery, NYC, Nov/Dec 2012

„Kunst pur“, Galerie Wedding, Berlin, Sept 2012

„Sans Souci, Arbeiten auf Papier“, Galerie 30 Links , Berlin und Rathaus Potsdam, Juli/Aug

2011

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

„Openair Gallery“, Berlin, Juli 2011

Granville Fine Art, Vancouver

„Werkstattdrucke“ "Approaches",  The Project 155, New York, Jan Feb 2016

2010

„inner-view. zeitfenster, interiors – inside out“, Brunnen64, Nov/ Dec 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“, Phylis Harriman Gallery, NYC, Mar 2009

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

selected solo exhibitions

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

2007

Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Phylis Harriman Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Basic Inquiry Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2006

Phylis 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