David Kaarsemaker holds an MFA from the University of Ottawa and a BFA from Concordia. His paintings explore illusory depth and material surface, making use of models created from photographs that reference idealism in architecture. He paints images that have become increasingly distorted, limiting access to them through a scrim of surface gestures. A lengthy and iterative process of projecting and re-projecting images onto cardboard models allows him to abstract the image before reconstituting it as a painted representation. In addition to the perspectival space represented, the under-painted and sanded-down brushwork functions both as an index of the gesture and as an allusion to such things as topographic maps or geological strata. He aims to convey both a sense of mental distance from the ostensible subjects of his paintings, and a glowing and tangible presence.
Kaarsemaker is currently a finalist in the RBC Painting Competition for 2017. He has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. He 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.