Figurative painter Thomas Cameron was born in Helensburgh, Scotland, in 1992. The artist paints everyday scenes, often based on candid photographs, of people in the city. He aims to present and defamiliarize the overlooked, imbuing the mundane with a sense of beauty and grandeur. Through framing, editing and the slow act of painting, the surreal natures of these vignettes of modern life are heightened, emphasising the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Painting Narratives with Thomas Cameron
The artist studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, attaining a BA (Hons), and City and Guilds of London Art School, earning an MA. Thomas often looks to classical filmmaking and the social realism of British kitchen-sink dramas for inspiration. He taps into pictorial devices and cinematic qualities to form psychological landscapes in his paintings. In this way, subtle narratives begin to unfold, ones that are ultimately left open for the viewer to interpret. His depictions of his immediate surroundings, experiences and urban environments affect the viewer with a modest sensitivity and comforting stillness, turning the familiar into rich moments of curiosity and meaning.
Exhibitions and Awards
Thomas has exhibited extensively, including Taymour Grahne Projects, London (2022), New Glasgow Society, Glasgow (2021), Winter Gardens, The Small Gallery, Aberdeen (invited by Grampian Hospital Arts Trust) (2018), Dream Sequence, The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh (2017), The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh (2015), and Pittenweem Arts Festival Bursary Award, Fife (2014). Thomas was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries Award and received Special Commendation at the RCA Annual Open Exhibition (both 2021).