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David Antonides was born in Whitehorse, Yukon in 1958, David Antonides has studied in Vancouver, Europe and at the Art Students League of New York. His work is focused on watercolor, but in an approach that creates a weight and drama not typical of this soft, light and delicate medium.
I want to explore the contrast between the subtlety of complex color transitions and the strength of dense, robust marks. In contrast with ink, I am searching to create mass, weight, and express an alternate, nature of watercolor. Water for me is a medium that intermediates the tangible with emotion and spirit. It flows between my intention and its own laws of nature and serendipity – a collaboration of sorts.
Shapes and movement can express the essential experience we all innately attach to our familiar urban environment. I to push the shapes far enough from the literal that, with the help of water, reveal the flow created between objects, viewer and experience.
This work looks to record the imprint of our interaction with urban space, people and objects. I want to identify which emotions and details remain embossed in our memory - a personal narrative memory for us to recall. It is not a literal representation. It is a closely cropped and edited scene of our internal and external landscape - one of the small narratives that ultimately aggregate to complete our story.