Portrait with Bookcase

Portrait with Bookcase

Thomas Cameron

I work 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 my 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 my 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. 

The materiality of oil paint is an important aspect of my work; the tactile quality and versatility of oils lends itself to subtle lighting effects. 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. 

I presents snapshots of life with dramatic, thoughtful and colourful panache. It’s not about size and spectacle; it’s about an intimate look at life and the human condition. My entry is a portrait of my father.

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