Edmonton artist David Cantine has spent decades exploring colour and form in a ‘post-minimalist’ style--an expression attributed to the American art critic--Robert Pincus-Witten in the early seventies. ‘Post minimalism’ describes art that embraces the use of modest materials and a formal pure line. This work—stacked rectangles in black, light blue, yellow and peach on a gray-blue background is an exploration of the idea of the traditional still life. It’s an intimate piece using carefully chosen shapes and colours.
“Colour has a way of finding its own space. It just does that.” David Cantine
He was born in Jackson, Michigan in 1939 and studied at the University of Iowa where he acquired both his BFA and his MA. Following graduation, he moved to Alberta and continued to paint but he also worked as a professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta for more than thirty years. Cantine’s work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Alberta, FAB Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art among others and is represented in numerous private and public collections.