Primary Still Life With Browns by David Cantine

Acrylic on Plexiglass
17 × 17 inches
43.18 × 43.18 cm
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Orchestrated circular shapes of silver, black, coral, and brown define the dove grey ground of this 17 inch square minimalist acrylic painting on plexiglas. Cantine's work is a poetic and intellectual exploration of a pictorial problem, color as structure which has infinite variations. The work is currently unframed. Cantine was quoted in the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art 2000: "For the past 26 years, I have painted essentially the same still life, which began as a pair of apples and its shadow, and evolved under pressure of color into the present imagery." 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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