David Askevold

David Askevold was born on March 30th 1940 in Conrad, Montana. He studied art and anthropology at the University of Montana and in 1963 won a Max Beckmann Scholarship to study painting for a year at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art in New York. He enrolled at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1966 to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. His artwork moved through a multi-disciplinary trajectory using text, photography, video, performance and most recently digital imaging. His media work relies on happenstance and collaboration with a sensitivity to the supernatural, the unexplained and the barely visible.

Beginning in 1968, David taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University) where he developed and led the innovative Projects Class that involved international conceptual artists. This class was important in forging NSCAD’s reputation as one of the leading conceptual art schools in North America. In the late 70s and early 80s he taught at the Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena, California, as well as at CalArts in Valencia and at UC/Irvine. David’s contributions as an artist and teacher influenced many artists through his active engagement with interdisciplinary media practices. He died on January 23rd, 2008 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Artist Code: 269


Two Hanks

2003, 25:30 minutes, colour, English

Lipstick for the Border

2002, 13:48 minutes, colour, English

Cultural Geographies & Finn Slough

1995, 17:00 minutes, colour

Don't Eat Crow

1994, 29:00 minutes, colour, English

Sixteen Candles

1991, 11:00 minutes, B&W, English

Six Fifty

1989, 22:00 minutes, colour, English

How Long Have You Known Barbara?

1987, 21:40 minutes, colour, English

Honky Tonkin

1986, 06:49 minutes, colour

1/4 Moon

1986, 08:40 minutes, colour, English

Husker Du "Makes No Sense at All" & "Love is All Around"

1985, 04:30 minutes, colour, English

Jumped Out

1985, 12:00 minutes, English

Family Reunion (Excerpt)

1983, 05:53 minutes, colour, English


1982, 06:50 minutes, English

Bliss D.F.²

1979, 06:30 minutes, colour, English

Very Soon You Will, with Carol Williams

1977, 28:00 minutes, colour, English

Green Willow For Delaware

1974, 14:54 minutes, B&W, English

My Recall Of An Imprint From A Hypothetical Jungle

1973, 05:30 minutes, B&W, English

It’s No Use Crying

1972, 03:30 minutes, B&W, English

Learning About Cars and Chocolates

1972, 20:30 minutes, colour, english

Door of Perception (Excerpt)

1972, B&W, English


1970, 03:21 minutes, B&W


1970, 08:00 minutes, B&W, English

Nova Scotia Fires

1969, 02:30 minutes, B&W, English

John Todd and His Songs (Excerpt)

18:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Where Art Might Happen: The Early Years of Cal Arts
Penguin Random House, Prestel, Kestner Gesellschaft, 2020.
David Askevold: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
by Gabrielle Moser. Artforum, May 21, 2013.
David Askevold: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
by Daniel Joyce. Canadian Art, Fall 2013.
David Askevold: Once Upon a Time in the East
by Jane Affleck. C Magazine, Fall 2013, no. 119.
Projections:: A major survey of projection-based works in Canada,...
by David Garneau. Border Crossings, Aug. 2009, no. 111.
The Lingering Present: Canadian Video Art in its Youth: 1968-1986
by Lisa Steele. Analogue, 2006. Preston: Electronic and Digital Art Unit, 2006.
What Is Church?: Rural Churches of Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island
by Ingrid Jenkner and David Askevold. What Is Church? - Rural Churches of Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island, 2001. Halifax: Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Art Gallery, 2001.
Video Primer: A Series of 5 Video Programs
by Michelle Jacques. Video Primer, 2001. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 2001.
Critics' Choice: Video Primer: The Medium
The Globe and Mail, Apr. 28, 2001.
Project/Process: An Introduction to Magnetic North: Video Primer:...
by Jenny Lion. Program - Video Pool Inc., Winnipeg, Nov. Fall 2000.
Biographical Sketch and Video Notes
by Cliff Eyland and David Askevold. David Askevold: Cultural Geographies, 1998. Charlettetown: Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, 1998.
David Askevold: The California Years
by Mike Kelley. David Askevold: Cultural Geographies, 1998. Charlottetown: Confederation Centre Art Gallery & Museum, 1998.
Biographical sketch & video notes
by Cliff Eyland and David Askevold. David Askevold: cultural geographies and selected works, Oct. 1998, v. 45, no. 2. Charlottetown, P.E.I.: Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, 1998.
Artists' Video From Canada
by Peggy Gale. Bologna, Milano: The Link & Invideo, 1995.
Mirror Machine: Video and Identity
by Janine Marchessault. YYZ Books, McGill University, 1995.
Corpus Loquendi: body for speaking
by Jan Peacock. Halifax: Dalhousie Art Gallery, 1994.
Corpus Loquendi/Body for Speaking: Body-Centred Video in Halifax...
by Jan Peacock. Halifax: Dalhousie Art Gallery, 1994.
Five who make a difference
by Marilyn Smulders. The Sunday Daily News, Sept. 26, 1993.
Individuals: New Video From Canada
by Peggy Gale. Aspetti e Tendenze della Ricerca Video Canadese, 1989. Ferrara: Ferrara: Centro Video Arte, 1989.
aspetti e tendenze della ricerca video canadese
by Lola Bonora. Ferrara: Centro Video Arte Ferrara, 1989.
David Askevold: Political Modernism and Postmodernity
by Frederick Dolan. Vanguard, Feb. Spring 1988, v. 17, no. 1.
The 1986 New Work Show
by Geoffery Shea. Cinema Canada, Nov. 1986.
First-generation video
by Carole Corbeil. The Globe and Mail, June 14, 1986.
by Renee Baert. Vintage Video: Early Canadian Video Art to 1974, 1986. Toronto: Artculture Resource Centre, 1986.
Video In Canada: In Search of Authority
by Renee Baert. From Sea to Shining Sea, 1986. Toronto: The Power Plant, 1986.
Canada (cont.)
by Unknown. Video 84, 1984.
Artist's Markings in the TV Landscape
by Renee Baert. Prime Time Video, 1984. Saskatoon: Mendel Art Gallery, 1984.
Artist's Markings in the TV Landscape
British/Canadian Video Exchange '84, 1984. London: Canada House Cultural Centre, 1984.
The New Work Show
by Victor Coleman. Vanguard, Nov. 1984, v. 13, no. 9.
The New Work Show
by B.D. Hershorn. Toronto: Litho Offset, 1984.
Structural Videotape in Canada
by Eric Cameron. Video Art: An Anthology, 1976. Toronto: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976.
Video Art in Canada: Four Worlds
by Peggy Gale. Studio International, May 1976, v. 191, no. 981.
The Ambit and Notes Found on Boutiliers Point September 1975 -...
by David Askevold. Video by Artists, 1976. Toronto: Art Metropole, 1976.
Story Art
by Barbara Radice and Rodney Stringer. Data, Aug. 1975.
by Marty Dunn et al. Toronto Ontario: Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), 1974.
Video at NSCAD
by Gary Neill Kennedy. artscanada, Oct. 1973, v. 30, no. 4.