David Kaarsemaker's paintings explore illusory depth and material surface. He paints images that have become increasingly distorted, limiting access to them through a scrim of surface gestures. A process of projecting and re-projecting images onto cardboard models allows him to abstract the image before reconstituting it as a painted representation. He aims to convey both a sense of mental distance from the ostensible subjects of his paintings, and a glowing and tangible presence. 

David Kaarsemaker, born 1980 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 Newfoundland Provincial Art Bank, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, the City of St John’s and the City of Ottawa.





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.