David Cantine

David Cantine’s highly recognizable compositions of coloured circles below Plexiglas have been the painter’s primary pursuit for 43 years of his impressive painting career spanning almost six decades. What originally began as a still-life of apples and their shadows evolved into the present abstract imagery of four circles and seven colours. Motivated by the use of “structural colour instead of descriptive colour,” David Cantine continues to explore variations on this minimalist theme. Since the early 2000s, he has also explored a more painterly form of colourful abstracted still-life, with echoes of inspiration from Giorgio Morandi.


Born in Jackson, Michigan, Cantine received his Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa before permanently relocating to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He taught Drawing at the University of Alberta for over thirty years and has been featured multiple times in the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

His work has been exhibited in over 20 solo exhibitions and over 30 group shows, at the Art Gallery of Alberta, at the University of Alberta’s FAB Gallery, and at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art among others.