Blue Still Life by David Cantine

Year
2006
Medium
Acrylic on Plexiglass
Size
17.5 × 17.5 inches
44.45 × 44.45 cm
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About the Work

Four precisely configured and stacked circles in grey, pale yellow, navy and cerulean blue form a contemplative whole at the foot of a square blue-grey ground. The areas between the shapes in this minimalist still life acrylic on plexiglass are filled with off white and pale sky blue. This work is currently unframed. Cantine's work is a poetic and intellectual exploration of a pictorial problem, color as structure which has infinite variations. Cantine may be referred to as a post-minimalist, a term coined by Robert Pincus-Witten in 1971 to describe work with a minimalist tendency but that uses modest materials and aims towards a pure formalist aesthetic. David Cantine is a senior Canadian painter who has been exploring the still life for many years. Cantine was born in Jackson, Michigan (1939) and studied at the University of Iowa (BFA, MA) before moving to Alberta and working as a professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta (1965 – 96). His 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.

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