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1940 - 2008

It is with deep personal regret that we inform you of the passing of the artist and educator David Askevold.

David died peacefully, in a Halifax hospital, on Wednesday January 23, 2008.

One of Canada's most influential artists and an important figure in many international art movements of the last 40 years, Askevold's work as an arts educator has also had great importance on an international level. David was a long-time colleague and contributor to Art Metropole, and one of our first Artist Life Members. He will be greatly missed.

The funeral will be family only. A memorial and exhibition will be organized for later in the year.


Ian Murray
for the Board of Directors
Art Metropole


Starting in 1968, David Askevold began teaching at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where he was instrumental in programing its direction that encouraged conceptual artists to become part of its studio program. Concurrently with his teaching career in Canada and the USA, he is best known internationally for his pioneering work with video and his unorthodox photo-Text works during the early 70’s. In 1970 he made his first video “Fill” and has intermittently made approximately 25 videos to date. Concurrently paralleling his video work, he has constructed numerous graphic/text and photo/text pieces.

Images and texts courtesy of Mandarin Gallery and the artist.