David Kaarsemaker, born in Chicago, was raised in various parts of B.C and Burkina Faso, and 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 Department of Foreign Affairs, the Newfoundland Provincial Art Bank, and The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery. His work addresses the limitations of spatial illusion in painting. He create an experience of depth that doesn't take for granted the transparency of the picture plane, but rather engages in visual dialogue with it.
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.