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 CV and Exhibition List


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)



Member: Berufsverband Bildener Künstler Berlins E.V. (BBK ) Nr. 6281

Accepted and approved: Kunst im öffentlichen Raum im Kulturwerk des bbk berlin GmbH and registered in the archive



“Top of the Tower” Tower 49, New York, 2009, installation of 11 pieces (up to 350cm by 250 cm)

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

Glass project “Luther Apfelgarten / Wartburg”, Apple-garden installation and indoor exhibition. 2017 - 2019

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

“Kunst Mecklenburg Inspiriert”, International installation and Exhibition, Kühlungsborn, 2014




"Works in Ink and Paint", Brunnen64 Gallery, Berlin, Jan,/Feb 2017

“Salon Nr. 1” , Galerie Christine Knauber , Berlin, Jan/Feb 2017

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

"ZIP" - Gallery Brunnen64, Berlin sept/Oct 2017


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

The Project 155, New York, Mar 2015

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


„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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


„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


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

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

selected solo exhibitions


Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Broadfoot and Broadfoot Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Autoone Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada




"Uckermärkische Kunstpries 2016" Chorin, Angemunder and Templin, continues various 2017

"Metropolis" - Book project continues to exhibit in Portugal, Italy, Germany and Brazil in 2017

“Group Show” Madrona Gallery, Victoria, Canada

“AOK Art Prize 2016 “ Neubrandenburg, Jan 2017


“Salon Nr. 1” - Christine Knauber Gallery, Berlin, January , 2017

“30 year anniversary show” - Artworks Gallery, Vancouver, Canada



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


"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


„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


Druckwerkstatt Kunstquartier Bethanien exhibits at Limerick Printmakers, Ireland

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


Fall Arts Preview - Oktober, 2012, Granville Fine Art, Vancouver

Toronto International Art Fair - Oktober, 2012

Open Air Gallery, Berlin, August 2012

Albert Baake Galerie, Potsdam, Germany
NordArt, Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Germany
Broadfoot and Broadfoot, NYC

"Kunst pur", Sonderausstellung im Rahmen des Wedding Kulturfestival September 2012
Galerie Wedding, Berlin

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

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

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


„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


„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


„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


Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Broadfoot and Broadfoot Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Phylis Harriman Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Basic Inquiry Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Phylis Harriman Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Basic Inquiry Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Basic Inquiry Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Basic Inquiry Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada




David Antonides

(*1958 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Kanada) ist ein Maler und bildender Künstler.

David Antonides wurde als Sohn niederländischer Einwanderer in Whitehorse geboren. Sein griechischer Name geht zurück auf einen Priester, der 1649 von Sparta in die Niederlande kam. Aufgewachsen ist er in Penticton in British Columbia, wo er bis zum 18. Lebensjahr die Schule besuchte. Die nächsten zehn Jahre arbeitete er in der Kommunikations- und Computerindustrie, sein Hauptaugenmerk lag jedoch im Reisen. Unter anderem hielt er sich für mehrere Jahre in Asien, Europa und Afrika auf. Des Weiteren bereiste er Mittel- und Nordamerika sowie den Südpazifik. Danach gründete er mit einem Partner die Canadian Electronics Corporation (CEC), die er 14 Jahre bis 1998 leitete.

Seit seinem Schulabschluss 1976 besuchte er Workshops und Seminare von Malern und Zeichnern. Um sein Wissen im Bereich der Bildenden Kunst zu vertiefen, nahm er als Gasthörer an Vorlesungen an der Fakultät für Kunstgeschichte an der University of British Columbia in Vancouver teil. 1998 verkaufte er CEC und widmete sich nun ganz der Kunst. Er lebte für einige Jahre auf seinem Segelboot, mit welchem er die Pazifikküste bis Südalaska erkundete, wenn er nicht im Hafen von Vancouver vor Anker lag und Kunst studierte. Während dieser Zeit besuchte er die Vancouver Academy of Art, wo er an Kursen in Anatomie, Aktzeichnen, Aquarellieren und Bildhauerei teilnahm.

Von 2000 bis 2005 lebte er in Vancouver und studierte zeitgleich Kunst an der Art Students League of New York und Betriebswirtschaft inLondon, Ontario an der IVEY School of Business. Mit einem Master of Business Adminstration verließ er die Western University und begann als Bildender Künstler in Vancouver und New York zu arbeiten.

Erste Ausstellungen in Auto One and Atelier Gallery und Becker Gallery, Mowatt Gallery in Vancouver folgten. Die Zusammenarbeit zwischen Broadfoot&Broadfoot in New York beginnt und 2009 zeigt er großformatige Aquarelle im Tower49 in New York. 2010 widmete er sich den verschiedenen künstlerische Drucktechniken und verbringt Arbeitsaufenthalte in London, Montréal und Berlin. In Berlin gründete er 2011 die Produzentengalerie Brunnen64, wo er arbeitet und seine Werke sowie die anderer Künstler zeigt. Er ist Mitglied im Berufsverband Bildender Künstler Berlin.

David Antonides english

This work centers on relationships that we feel with places. The histories of these are located in memory and in the “stuff” of structure and furnishings. I now want to see what remains after the original builders and tenants have gone. Through urban icons and emotional insight our perceptions of place and history may also define ourselves.

David was born 1958 in Whitehorse in the north of Canada and educated at Western University, The Students League of New York and the Vancouver Academy of Art.

Working and exhibiting group and solo shows in Vancouver, Montreal, New York, London and Berlin. David uses acetate, paper, ink, permanent marker and watercolour to together to produce a composite of visual depth.

David Antonides deutsch

Die Arbeiten des in Berlin lebenden kanadischen Künstlers David Antonides stehen als visuelle Muster für den individuellen Umgang mit den Zeichen der

Metropolen.Sie kodieren die visuelle Sprache der Großstadt und versuchen auf das Umfeld persönlicher Lebenssituationen der Bewohner zu verweisen.

Diese dynamischen Arbeiten entstehen in mehreren Schichten: Sie werden als Monotypien gedruckt, mit Wasserfarbe koloriert und dann mit, auf Folie gezeichneten Details überlagert. Auf diese Weise bekommen die Arbeiten eine optische und inhaltliche Tiefe.

David Antonides wurde 1958 in Whitehorse im Norden Kanadas geboren. Seine künstlerische Ausbildung erhielt er an der „Western University“, an „The Art Students League of New York“ und in Vancouver an der „Academy of Art“. Seither arbeitet er in Vancouver, New York, London and Berlin. An diesen Orten sind seine Arbeiten immer wieder in Einzel- und Gruppenausstellungen zu sehen. tel 0176 695 1046