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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 appeal, which I have embraced in my work.

Film is another important influence in my practice, I often think of my paintings as stills from
a film – small parts of a bigger story with the suggestion of narrative.

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2017, 'Dream Sequence', The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh 
2015, The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh 
2014, Pittenweem Arts Festival Bursary Award, Fife

Competitions Prizes & Awards

2014 John Milne Purvis Prize, 'for outstanding painting ability'
2014 Radiology Art Award, Ninewells collection
2014 Pittenweem Arts Festival Bursary Award
2013 Stevensons Scholarship
2010 Invited out of 20 young artists across the UK to exhibit as part of The Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2010 Purvis Cup Award for Expressive Painting
2010 1st Prize Helensburgh Art Annual Art Exhibition

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014, John Milne Purvis Prize, 'for outstanding painting ability' awarded by DJCAD 

2014, Radiology Art Award, Ninewells collection 

2014 Macmillan Annual Art Show, Caledonia Galleries, Glasgow

2014 Scottish Home Show, Holburn Gallery, Aberdeen

2014 Artsyland 8: New Graduates, Wall Projects, Montrose

2014 Pittenweem Arts Festival Bursary Award, Fife

2014 Best of Degree Show, Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow

2014 Graduate Exhibition, Abernyte Galler, Perth and Kinross

2014 Degree Show, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee

2014 Spring Exhibition, The Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh

2014 Teenage Cancer Trust Exhibition, Skypark, Glasgow

2013 Members Show, Generator Projects, Dundee

2013 Passing Place, The Old Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh

2013 Erasmus Lichthof, Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe

2013 Sommerausstellung, Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe

2013 The Undiscovered Landscape, Matthew Building, DJCAD, Dundee

2012 Lomond School Residency exhibition, Helensburgh

2012 Meeting Point, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

2012 Something Palatable, Roseangle Gallery, Dundee

2011 Self Portrait Exhibition, Bradshaw Art Space, DJCAD, Dundee

2011 The Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2010 Helensburgh Art Club Annual Exhibition

Publications & Press

2014 Northern Renewal, Issue 3
2014 Aesthetica magazine
2014 The Courier
2013 Badische Neueste Nachrichten
2011 The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) Review
2011 Helensburgh Advertiser

Original works:

Koi Pond

By Thomas Cameron

£800

Greenhouse

By Thomas Cameron

£800

Ripple (Glen Fruin)

By Thomas Cameron

£1200

Koi Pond II

By Thomas Cameron

£685

Sunset Reflection

By Thomas Cameron

£1000

Untitled

By Thomas Cameron

£1200

Orchid I

By Thomas Cameron

£800

University of Glasgow

By Thomas Cameron

£985

Kelvingrove Museum

By Thomas Cameron

£985

Antique Shop Window

By Thomas Cameron

£700

Conference Call

By Thomas Cameron

£400

Office at Night

By Thomas Cameron

£400

Fern

By Thomas Cameron

£1200

Cobra

By Thomas Cameron

£1000

Descent

By Thomas Cameron

£1200

Plunge

By Thomas Cameron

£900

Pool Study II

By Thomas Cameron

£700

Pool Study I

By Thomas Cameron

£700

Slide in Snow

By Thomas Cameron

£400

Jet Trails at Sunset

By Thomas Cameron

£500

Belmont Flats (Dundee Universi...

By Thomas Cameron

£2000

Red Fog

By Thomas Cameron

£1000

Orchid II

By Thomas Cameron

£800

Orchid III

By Thomas Cameron

£800

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Broken Bench

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Berlin Street Scene

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Berlin Street Scene II

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Woman in Landscape

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Evening Lake

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Shadows

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No Signal

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Early Blossom

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War Memorial

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Moon City

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Poinsettia by Window

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Demolition

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Abandoned Flats

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Lighthouse

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Walled Garden Entrance

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Skating Pond

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Fence

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Yankee Flyer

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Steps at Sunset

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Mr Kebab

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Laundrette

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Tree on Hill

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Shortcut

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Tree Shadow

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Red Flowers

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Tulips

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London Flat

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Tree by School

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The Sun

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Stone Plant Pot

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Argyle Street

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Pink Square

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Boy Jumping into Swimming Pool...

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Deckchairs at Sunset

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No Ball Games

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Cherry Blossom

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Hidden House

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Rainbow

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Trivium

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Garages at Sunset

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The Boating Lake

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Forest Fire

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Woman in Landscape

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The Rope Swing

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Pool Gathering

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Last Light

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Glen Fruin

By Thomas Cameron

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