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Thomas Cameron

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Degree: BA (Hons) Fine Art
University: Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
Graduation Year: 2014

New Blood Art Statement

Working from carefully selected photographs, Thomas Cameron’s ‘snapshots’ stop us in our tracks; that scene you’ve passed every day on your way to work is re-framed. The casual Polaroid snapshot is made glorious and celebrated in the style of a classic oil painting.

Cameron holds on to this Polaroid reference with textured borders as part of the piece.

His subject is the stuff that surrounds us – that makes up our everyday lives. By heightening the colour and detail, so that an eerie atmospheric beauty emerges from the crumbling bricks and stained paintwork, he suggests the extraordinary within the ordinary.

We see the everyday through new eyes; we re-imagine our surroundings. A bigger story is suggested, for if these intentionally familiar ‘unseen’ surroundings can transcend into other worldliness and shine so brightly, what else might be possible?

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. His recent work 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.

Artist Statement

My paintings stem from an interest in the scenes and moments that often go overlooked
due to their familiarity. I collect numerous potential reference images from a wide range of
subjects. These are gathered intuitively, and often involve taking snapshots on my mobile
phone or making quick sketches from life.

I am drawn to the urban landscape, domestic interiors and candid moments, particularly the fleeting moments of beauty found in these.
I have also used found images as references for paintings. I am drawn to their anonymity and sometimes unexpected subjects, as well as their compositions and understated quality,
all which contribute to an often unintentionally artistic image. These elements give the
images a certain quality which I have embraced in my work.



Solo Exhibitions

2018, Winter Gardens, The Small Gallery, Aberdeen
2017, Dream Sequence, The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh
2016, Silent Spaces, Fidra Fine Art, North Berwick
2015, Solo Exhibition, The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh
2014, Bursary Award Exhibition, Pittenweem Arts Festival, Fife

Original works:

Portrait with Bookcase

By Thomas Cameron

£750

The Night Watch

By Thomas Cameron

£1000

Barbican

By Thomas Cameron

£1000

Night Swim (Gourock Lido)

By Thomas Cameron

£1000

Ripple (Glen Fruin)

By Thomas Cameron

£1000

Cobra

By Thomas Cameron

£800

Descent

By Thomas Cameron

£800

Plunge

By Thomas Cameron

£900

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Broken Bench

By Thomas Cameron

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Berlin Street Scene

By Thomas Cameron

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Berlin Street Scene II

By Thomas Cameron

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Woman in Landscape

By Thomas Cameron

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Evening Lake

By Thomas Cameron

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Shadows

By Thomas Cameron

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No Signal

By Thomas Cameron

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Early Blossom

By Thomas Cameron

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War Memorial

By Thomas Cameron

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Moon City

By Thomas Cameron

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Poinsettia by Window

By Thomas Cameron

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Demolition

By Thomas Cameron

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Abandoned Flats

By Thomas Cameron

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Lighthouse

By Thomas Cameron

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Walled Garden Entrance

By Thomas Cameron

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Skating Pond

By Thomas Cameron

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Fence

By Thomas Cameron

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Yankee Flyer

By Thomas Cameron

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Steps at Sunset

By Thomas Cameron

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Mr Kebab

By Thomas Cameron

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Laundrette

By Thomas Cameron

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Tree on Hill

By Thomas Cameron

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Shortcut

By Thomas Cameron

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Tree Shadow

By Thomas Cameron

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Red Flowers

By Thomas Cameron

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Tulips

By Thomas Cameron

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London Flat

By Thomas Cameron

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Tree by School

By Thomas Cameron

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The Sun

By Thomas Cameron

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Stone Plant Pot

By Thomas Cameron

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Argyle Street

By Thomas Cameron

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Pink Square

By Thomas Cameron

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Boy Jumping into Swimming Pool...

By Thomas Cameron

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Deckchairs at Sunset

By Thomas Cameron

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No Ball Games

By Thomas Cameron

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Cherry Blossom

By Thomas Cameron

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Hidden House

By Thomas Cameron

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Rainbow

By Thomas Cameron

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Trivium

By Thomas Cameron

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Garages at Sunset

By Thomas Cameron

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The Boating Lake

By Thomas Cameron

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Forest Fire

By Thomas Cameron

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Woman in Landscape

By Thomas Cameron

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The Rope Swing

By Thomas Cameron

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Pool Gathering

By Thomas Cameron

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Last Light

By Thomas Cameron

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Glen Fruin

By Thomas Cameron

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