I work in painting using photographs from the private and public realm as source material. They are usually collaged, worked and evolve as the painting does. I have been exploring how memory connects us as people. When one can relate to another’s memory or thought by looking at an image, it creates a sense of identification. History acts as a focal point from which to look forward. I want the viewer to connect the images represented to one of their own memories. This space is where the private and public may converge. Hopefully the emotions solicited from looking can repair some discord or fissure; so something broken may be repaired. I try to find common threads and weave them into commentary on life’s musings and tragedies. I'm interested in how our visual memory is conditioned by the quality of image technology available from a particular time. It could be the rendering of paint from the renaissance, black and white photography or a color digital photo.
David Abecassis completed undergraduate study at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada in Sculpture/Installation and photography. He completed studies in art history and studio sculpture in Florence,Italy before receiving his MFA at York University. He works in New York.
David is a painter who explores installation. Past exhibitions include, Mercer Union Gallery in Toronto Canada, Field Projects Gallery in New York, the New York Armory and the Bronx River Art Center and The Painting Center in New York. He has taught art and shown independently and with artist collectives in galleries and artist run spaces in Canada and in New York. His painting continues to revolve around social aspects of identity and memory.
Blue Memory, No Foundation , Toronto, Canada, 2017
Portrait, Johnson Public Library, Hackensack, N.J. 2013
Candles, Teaneck General Store, Teaneck, N.J., 2013
Universal Soldiers, Pages Books, Toronto, 2002
Ring Pile, Mercer Union Gallery, Platform space, Toronto, 2001
Pattern, The Propeller Gallery, Toronto, 1998.
Nightmare, IDA Gallery, York University, Toronto, 1996.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Fear, Plaxall Gallery, LIC, New York, 2019
Monochrome, Site: Brooklyn Gallery, 2019
NYA Gallery, Equinox, New York, 2019
The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn, 2018
Painting the Town, Robert A M Stern Architects Gallery, New York, 2018
Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Monmouth Museum, New Jersey, 2016
Travel Sketch, Robert A M Stern Architects Gallery, New York, 2016
Drawing From Experience, Robert A M Stern Architect Gallery, New York, NY, 2016
Crescent Street Art Collective, Queens, New York, 2014
Trust in Me, Field Projects Gallery, New York, New York 2013
Virtual Monumental, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, New York, 2012
Renaissance, Rebirth, Revival, curated by Rachael Faillace, Dr Virginia Butera, Theresa A. Maloney, RSI Bank, Rahway, New Jersey, 2012
OCAD U Alumni. Exhibition, juried by Tobi Bruce, Simon Glass, and Tony Taylor, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, 2012
Bling, curated by Rachael Faillace, Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, New Jersey. 2011.
The Art Bazaar for Armory week, Chelsea, New York.,March 2011
Greenpoint Gallery, Salon exhibition, Brooklyn NY, March 2011.
Art for Arzei, Teaneck, New Jersey, Feb. 2011.
A Feast of Fools, curated by Sarvia Jasso, Second-Floor, Brooklyn NY.
Small Works, curated by Russell Calabrese and Julie Bills, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn NY., Nov. 2010
Convergence NYC, New York Armory, New York, 2010.
Amoeba to Zebra, Curated by Ylva Rouse., 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, 2010.
x-initiative art, New York, 2010
Studio exhibition for Canadian artists hosted by the Toronto Arts Council, New York 2009
10th annual small works, 440 gallery, park slope, Brooklyn, 2008.
12 on 12, CCCA, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Canada, 2007
Propeller Turns 10, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2006
Rema Hort Mann Auction, Gavin Brown, New York, 2005
Prince st gallery Self-ish, Gallery 128. New York, 2004
Permanent Installation, Holocaust Memorial, J.C.C., Toronto, Canada, 2002
Reactions, Exit Art, New York N.Y, 2002
Artist Unknown, Spin Gallery, Toronto, 2002
Ring Pile, Helene Dennis Museum, Toronto, 2001
A Love Story, Mercer Union Gallery, Toronto, 2001
Last Century Modern, curated by Juno Youn, Spin Gallery, Toronto, 2000
Lifespan, curated by Elizabeth Fearon, Meg Gallery, Toronto, 2000
XX YYZ, YYZ Artists’ Outlet,Toronto, 1999
Ritual, Rhythm, Repeated Action, curated-Virginia MacDonnell, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, 1999
Toronto School of Art 30th Anniversary Faculty Exhibition, curated by John Massier. York Quay
Gallery, Harbourfront, Toronto, 1999
Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant, 2000
Ontario Arts Council, Green Thumb Collective, 1996
Ontario Arts Council, Toronto-Montreal Exchange, 1994
Ministry of Culture, Communication and Tourism, Toronto-Montreal Exchange
Toronto Arts Council, Collective Unconscious, 1993
Ian Carr-Harris Sculpture/Installation Award, 1991
Programme Coordinator's Award, 1991
Women's Art Association of Canada Tuition Award, 1990
Martin Kastner Memorial Award and Cowan Medal, 1989
George A. Reid Award
Selected Press/ Reviews:
Condensed Teaching Dossier:
At Toronto School of Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1. a)1998 - 2000, Instructor, Mouldmaking and Casting- Studio
At York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
a) Visual Arts, Intro-Sculpture Clay Modeling and Mouldmaking FA/VISA 2033.04, Studio instructor, T.A. winter term, thurs. 1:30-5:30, 95-96.
b) Visual Arts, Intro-Sculpture Clay Modeling and Mouldmaking FA/VISA 2033.04, Studio instructor, T.A. winter term, fri. 9:30-1:30, 95-96.
c) Visual Arts, Critical Issues in the Studio FA/VISA 1000.03, Marker/Grader, fall term, 95-96.
d) Visual Arts, Sculpture as Social Expression FA/VISA 2030.04, Graduate Asst., full yr. 94-95.
e) Visual Arts, Feminism and Contemporary Visual Culture, Special Courses in Art History, AK/VISA, Research Asst., 94-95.
f) Atkinson College, Sculpture, AK/VISA 3501C.08, Technician, summer, 96.
1. g)Teaching Practicum at the Centre for Support of Teaching at York University.
At Dundas Valley School of Art, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
1. a)Mouldmaking and Photography, Visiting Instructor 1996.
York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M.F.A., 1994-96.
Ontario College of Art and Design, Florence, Italy, 1991-92.
Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada, A.O.C.A. 1987-91;