Michael Cameron

JUMPING WOLF
JUMPING WOLF
MC009
oil, spray paint, canvas
72 x 48 in.
$7,350 CAD


ALEX'S HOUSE
ALEX'S HOUSE
MC007
oil, spray paint, canvas
40 x 60 in.
$5,500 CAD


TAKING A DRINK
TAKING A DRINK
MC006
oil, spray paint, canvas
40 x 60 in.
$5,500 CAD


FIREFLIES & SNOWFLAKES
FIREFLIES & SNOWFLAKES
MC005
oil, spray paint, canvas
48 x 48 in.
$4,850 CAD


HUNTER
HUNTER
MC004
oil, spray paint, canvas
36 x 36 in.
$3,250 CAD


FIRE ALONG THE BOW
FIRE ALONG THE BOW
MC003
oil, spray paint, canvas
40 x 60 in.
$5,500 CAD


UNTITLED
UNTITLED
MC002
oil, spray paint, canvas
18 x 18 in.
$1,400 CAD


FROM BANFF TO CANMORE
FROM BANFF TO CANMORE
MC001
oil, spray paint, canvas
48 x 60 in.
$6,600 CAD


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Michael Cameron

Encountering Cameron's art at first glance you see beautiful works with finely nuanced surfaces and rich layers of paint. Multiple depths of field play figures against shadows and lights and buildings and sheets of droplets the read like a veil through which you see something intriguing happening. Surfaces are built up - then eroded back with turpentine, then built up again with spray paint. But what is going on in them? To understand this, you must understand how Cameron works. He paints, most often, at night. Quieter, less demanding, more contemplative, "Night," he states, "is a far more interesting world."

But the other imagery comes from multiple sources of seemingly unrelated things; ideas he hears on the radio while he works, phrases from books, recalled imagery from the circumstances of his life, moments spent talking with a friend on the street. Often these random things fuse and join on the canvas as a sort of diary, summations of a moment, an event, a thought. But you must futher understand the kind of person Cameron is to really get his work.

He is senstive, thoughtful and intelligent, quiet and respectful. He prefers solitude, listens before he speaks. He is caring, concerned about the world's tough issues such as hunger and poverty, injustice and inhumanity. His debate over these things takes place on the canvas, where he lays out his thinking and a complex scene full of multiple meanings seamlessly blended together in seductive beauty. This thread of beauty is his distintinctive hand. It runs through all his works, and they are as different as the circumstances that each new day brings.

- excerpt from "Michael Cameron", written by Lisa Christensen

. Nationality is Canadian

Education

1999 The Banff Centre for the Arts, Landscape Residency with Iain Baxter
1998 The Banff Centre for the Arts, Leighton Artist Colony Residency
1984 Ontario College of Art, Toronto, ON
1980 Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

Exhibitions

2011 The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, AB
2011 The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
2011 Elevation Gallery, Canmore, AB
2009 The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, AB
2008 Summit Gallery of Fine Art, Calgary, AB
2008 Stampede Park, Calgary, AB
2007 Skew Gallery, Calgary, AB
2007 Summit Gallery of Fine Art, Calgary, AB
2006 Summit Gallery of Fine Art, Banff, AB
2005 Summit Gallery of Fine Art, Banff, AB
2004 The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
2003 The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
2002 The Crag Cabin, Banff, AB
2000 Alberta Biennial, Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, AB
2000 Alberta Biennial, The Art Gallery of Edmonton, Edmonton, AB
1999 The Crag Cabin, Banff, AB
1998 The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
1997 The Canadian Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
1996 The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
1994 The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
1993 The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
1992 The Muse Gallery, Toronto, ON
1991 Galerie Rochon, Toronto, ON
1989 The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB

Publications

2008 Pavilion: Contemporary Art Auction, Joanne Cardinal Schubert
2005 Alberta Art Chronicle, An Adventure in Recent and Contemporary Art by Mary Beth Laviolette, publisher Altitude Publishing
2001 Writing About the Visual Arts, Artichoke Magazine
2000 The Alberta Biennale of Contemporary Art, Edmonton Art Gallery

Credits

INTERNATIONAL ART FAIRS:
2008 Next: The International Exhibition of Emerging Art, Chicago, IL
2008 Artropolis: Chcago's Celelbration of Art, Antiques and Culture, Chicago, IL
2008 Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL

PANEL DISCUSSIONS/ARTIST TALKS:
2009 Intermediary, The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, AB
2009 Nature and the Tranformative Qualities of Art and Nature with Edward Burtynsky, Peter von Tiesenhausen and Michael Cameron, The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
1999 Banff Centre Residency artist talk, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB
1998 Leighton Artist Colony artist talk, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB