My paintings address illusory depth and material surface as a way of exploring how spatial metaphors shape perception. I work through an iterative process of projecting images onto hand-made models, allowing me to abstract my subject before reconstituting it as a painted representation. Access to the depicted space is then partially veiled through painted scrims and sanded-down brushwork. I aim to convey both a sense of distance from the ostensible subjects of my paintings, and a glowing presence.



David Kaarsemaker, born in Chicago, was raised in various parts of B.C and Burkina Faso, obtained a BFA from Concordia University and an MFA from the University of Ottawa. He was selected as a finalist in the 2017 RBC Painting Competition. His work is held in the collections of the City of St John’s, the City of Ottawa, the Newfoundland Provincial Art Bank, and The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery.




Kaarsemaker gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council for exhibition assistance for Portage in 2017, as well as the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec for support during the production of Scrim in 2015-2016.