Cameron was born in Brisbane in 1967 and moved to Toowoomba when he was 4 years old. His grandfather, John Seymour and uncle, Dermot Seymour, both artists in their own right, encouraged him to draw and paint from an early age. Cameron was influenced by the disruptive force of Van Gogh, the flowing line of Matisse and the mad colour of the Fauvists.
Closer to home, he was captivated by the power and freedom of Brett Whiteley. Cameron returned to Brisbane in 1984 to study law and made that his career, while continuing to paint and draw. Cameron joined the Half Dozen Group of Artists life drawing classes at Kangaroo point in 1993 and developed his linear style. Cameron’s first exhibition at McWhirter’s Art Space in Fortitude Valley in 1993 showed many of his charcoal nudes, as did several other exhibitions throughout the 1990s. When time allowed, Cameron would draw and paint and produce commissions for friends.
In 2013 his wife, Melinda converted their garage into an art studio and production increased. His approach to life drawing transferred to landscapes and the dominant features in those paintings are imbued with a kind of “muscularity”. We signed Cameron for his first exhibition with us in September 2016 and his second in September 2017. Cameron’s style is unique and refreshing, instantly recognisable through his bold simple lines. Composition is also very important. Whether the lines are flowing and loopy like spaghetti, or hard edged, they delineate areas that are locked together into a cohesive whole, like a jigsaw.
Cameron entered the Archibald Prize in 2017 and his entry, although not a finalist, was well received. His entry “St Rob” is a focus piece typical of his style, with strong, simple lines conveying the character of his subject. “The objective of my art is not the literal translation of the subject but to be efficient and direct, and capture the spirit of the moment.”