WILDERNESS with Banff Gallery Hop

Includes Cameron Bird
Saturday, May 23, 2020, 12 - 5 pm

Showing Cameron Bird

WILDERNESS with Banff Gallery Hop

If the act of painting had a home, for British Columbia artist Cameron Bird, it would be the WILDERNESS.

WILDERNESS noun
wil·der·ness | \ ˈwil-dər-nəs \
Definition of wilderness
1a(1): a tract or region uncultivated and uninhabited by human beings
(2): an area essentially undisturbed by human activity together with its naturally developed life community

As a former pack horse guide, Cameron discovered a plethora of various subject matter for his paintings: high alpine vistas, deteriorating homesteads, turbulent oceans and meandering rivers and surprising wildlife encounters are all laid down in paint. Indulging in the richness of WILDERNESS has given opportunity for this talented creator to expand his artistic vision.

Cameron Bird firmly believes it is essential to study all forms of art, from realism to abstraction. "Studying abstraction has given me the confidence to further simplification in my work. My personal experiences are what pull me back to some form of reality. I continue to study powerful shapes and layered colour creating an exciting textured painting with an abstract base," says Cameron.

Annually, Cameron gathers photographic and en plein air reference for his practice while fishing, camping and hiking in the mountains understanding that being outdoors provides authenticity to his work.

Canada House Gallery invites you to join Cameron Bird and explore WILDERNESS.

Preview WILDERNESS Here

ALONG O'HARA SHORES - MT. ODARAY
ALONG O'HARA SHORES - MT. ODARAY
CB249
oil, canvas
72 x 36 in.
SOLD


THE DARK MOOD OF O'HARA
THE DARK MOOD OF O'HARA
CB248
acrylic, canvas
40 x 30 in.
$4,660 CAD


AUTUMN TAPESTRY BELOW CHEPHREN
AUTUMN TAPESTRY BELOW CHEPHREN
CB247
acrylic, panel
24 x 30 in.
$3,225 CAD


DAWN OF A NEW DAY - MT. LEFROY
DAWN OF A NEW DAY - MT. LEFROY
CB246
oil, canvas
60 x 60 in.
$9,920 CAD


DOUGLAS LAKE ELDER - DOUGLAS LAKE RANCH
DOUGLAS LAKE ELDER - DOUGLAS LAKE RANCH
CB245
oil, canvas
30 x 24 in.
$3,225 CAD


GREY SKIES OVER NORQUAY
GREY SKIES OVER NORQUAY
CB244
oil, canvas
40 x 30 in.
SOLD


OCTOBER SNOW - ASPENS
OCTOBER SNOW - ASPENS
CB243
oil, canvas
60 x 60 in.
$9,920 CAD


LATE LIGHT OVER MT. SCHAFFER - LK. O'HARA
LATE LIGHT OVER MT. SCHAFFER - LK. O'HARA
CB242
acrylic, board
10 x 12 in.
SOLD


MORNING MEADOW - MOOSE
MORNING MEADOW - MOOSE
CB241
oil, canvas
30 x 40 in.
SOLD


SNOW PATTERN STUDY - ROGERS PASS
SNOW PATTERN STUDY - ROGERS PASS
CB240
oil, panel
12 x 16 in.
$1,310 CAD


PASSING SHOWERS OVER LAKE O'HARA
PASSING SHOWERS OVER LAKE O'HARA
CB239
oil, canvas
60 x 60 in.
SOLD


AUTUMN GLOW- RANCH HOUSE
AUTUMN GLOW- RANCH HOUSE
CB238
oil, canvas
30 x 40 in.
$4,660 CAD


SELKIRK MIST - BLACK BEAR
SELKIRK MIST - BLACK BEAR
CB237
oil, canvas
36 x 48 in.
$5,655 CAD


WARM GLOW ON THE PARKWAY - BOW LAKE
WARM GLOW ON THE PARKWAY - BOW LAKE
CB236
oil, panel
10 x 12 in.
SOLD


GRIZZLY MODERN
GRIZZLY MODERN
CB235
oil, panel
10 x 12 in.
$1,070 CAD


MORNING GLOW - BLACK TUSK
MORNING GLOW - BLACK TUSK
CB234
oil, panel
10 x 12 in.
$1,070 CAD


BLUE MORAINE (A FEELING OF MORAINE)
BLUE MORAINE (A FEELING OF MORAINE)
CB233
oil, canvas
22 x 28 in.
SOLD


A WINTER SUPPLY
A WINTER SUPPLY
CB232
oil, canvas
24 x 30 in.
SOLD


MOONLIGHT OVER MALIGNE
MOONLIGHT OVER MALIGNE
CB231
oil, panel
10 x 12 in.
$1,070 CAD


WINTER IN CHARLIE RUSSEL COUNTRY
WINTER IN CHARLIE RUSSEL COUNTRY
CB230
oil, panel
10 x 12 in.
$1,070 CAD


A LIGHT BREEZE - ASPENS
A LIGHT BREEZE - ASPENS
CB229
oil, canvas
30 x 24 in.
$3,225 CAD


BULL MODERN
BULL MODERN
CB228
oil, panel
12 x 16 in.
SOLD


Cameron Bird has grown up with a passion for the outdoors. Whether it was a family camping trip to the west coast of British Columbia, a hunting excursion deep into the backwoods of the northern interior or time spent exploring northern Ontario on his grandparents' farm, Cameron developed a love for nature and its surroundings at an early age. This love and passion has grown over the years and has become the foundation of the artist so many have come to know today.

Cameron began his career with sketching, which he continues to this day as reference for his larger studio oils. His formal art training took place at Emily Carr College of Art and Capilano College where he studied commercial art; as well he completed studies in professional sign painting.

Each year Cameron gathers reference for his work while fishing, camping and hiking in the mountains and outdoors. A particular interest for Cameron is to carry his paint box with him and capture the subjects first hand, known commonly as plein air. Plein air painting was initially very overwhelming for Cameron. It was difficult for him to simplify landscapes and present clean colours in such vast settings, however years of practise and patience have given him the confidence and skill which can be seen today in his plein air studies.

Having studied many artists from history, Cameron is drawn to the work of the Illingworth Kerr, Maynard Dixon, Carl Rungius and in particular Canadian artist Keith C Smith. Cameron studied with KC Smith for over ten years. KC helped Cameron find the knowledge and courage to produce work of power and simplicity. KC always taught him to simplify and make each brush stroke count; Cameron has always admired the use of bold color and heavy impasto. When Cameron and KC weren't painting or exploring, they would often discuss the importance of art and creating a balanced lifestyle around it. The two spent many evenings together, enjoying a cigar and scotch while deliberating over the history of their craft and where they fit in it all. Studying and meeting KC Smith would become a turning point in Cameron's professional career and would blossom into one of the most influential relationships in his personal life.

Starting in the late 90's Cameron worked as a pack horse guide in the mountains which provided him with first hand material and reference for his paintings. It was a time that saw a change occur in Cameron. He was now indulging full time in the wilderness he had grown up in. The alpine lakes and streams in the mountainous region that surrounded him enabled his artistic vision to expand.

As a landscape/wildlife artist, some would be surprised to find that Cameron firmly believes it is essential to study all forms of art, from realism to abstraction. "Studying abstraction has given me the confidence to further simplification in my work. My personal experiences are what pull me back to some form of reality. I continue to study powerful shapes and layered colour creating an exciting textured painting with an abstract base," says Cameron.

Cameron has been painting professionally since 1989 and full time since 1999. Cameron has had many one man and group exhibitions and is represented in a number of art galleries throughout Canada. Through his work ethic, Cameron has been recognized internationally by a wide clientele base. He currently lives in the interior of British Columbia with his family and continues to capture and explore the wild and its animals.

. Nationality is Canadian

Exhibitions

2020 WILDERNESS, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2019 Art From the Alpine, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2017 wild, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2016 JOY, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2016 Demo Day, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB