New work by Thomas Cameron
Thomas Cameron studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee, graduating in 2014. He currently lives and works in Glasgow
Cameron works with images of the seemingly ordinary, places and situations that are often overlooked due to their familiarity. Working with a wide range of reference materials and subjects, for this exhibition he has focused on paintings of interiors, urban scenes or simple holiday snapshots. In these a momentary expression or a glow of sunlight imbue the works with an unexpected grandeur.
A keen sense of narrative and cinematic imagery inform Cameron’s approach and lend an element of mystery and intrigue, inviting the viewer to question why this image was selected, what the story is behind it and around this moment in time, whilst simultaneously evoking their own shared narratives, memories and imagination.
Cameron’s artistic process involves carefully selecting images whether that be photographs he has taken or ‘found’ imagery, and subsequently merging and editing them as well as combining imagined elements.
The materiality of oil paint is an inherent and important aspect of the work; the tactile quality and versatility of the medium lends itself to subtle lighting effects and realism. These slowly resolved paintings represent a balance between the controlled nature of oil paint whilst allowing its scope for chance and spontaneity during the painting process, and the careful selection of imagery by the artist alongside the happenstance and often surprising quality of a snapshot.
Cameron staged his first solo exhibition at The Sutton Gallery in September 2015. His second solo show at the gallery shows opens on 27th July 2017.
‘I am drawn to quiet scenes. When depicting the built environment I look to ordinary domestic and functional buildings rather than the monumental. In figurative images I am most interested in amateur snapshots, images which are often unintentionally artistic.’
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