Includes Michael Cameron, Susie Cipolla, Nikol Haskova
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 12 - 5 pm
Showing Michael Cameron
As Canada House Gallery artists Michael Cameron, Susie Cipolla, and Nikol Haskova progress in their artistic journeys, they all transmute their life experiences with animals into visual stories.
Susie Cipolla enjoys brief chance meetings with domestic animals and wildlife that pass through on her rural property. Rural living provides her with solitude and space to comprise original portraits of bears, deer, moose alongside the cows and pigs and other domesticated animals that live on nearby farms.
Michael Cameron’s awareness of human interactions with wild creatures in the Rocky Mountains is forefront in his paintings. Wolves are a personal favourite of this artist and he seeks to bring attention and understanding to their “living conditions” in the Bow Valley. Individually or in a pack, wolves are this artists’ metaphor for community.
Nikol Haskova has fascination with birds as messengers and storytellers and photographs them regularly to use as reference in her studio. She conveys the lightness of spirit and distinct personalities of each avian creature she encounters in her detailed depictions.
Each painter has a deep sensitivity toward these subjects. Independent in their art practices, combined they are unparalleled in their understanding of animals and our connection to them.
Encountering Cameron's art at first glance you see beautiful works with finely nuanced surfaces and rich layers of paint. Multiple depths of field play figures against shadows and lights and buildings and sheets of droplets the read like a veil through which you see something intriguing happening. Surfaces are built up - then eroded back with turpentine, then built up again with spray paint. But what is going on in them? To understand this, you must understand how Cameron works. He paints, most often, at night. Quieter, less demanding, more contemplative, "Night," he states, "is a far more interesting world."
But the other imagery comes from multiple sources of seemingly unrelated things; ideas he hears on the radio while he works, phrases from books, recalled imagery from the circumstances of his life, moments spent talking with a friend on the street. Often these random things fuse and join on the canvas as a sort of diary, summations of a moment, an event, a thought. But you must futher understand the kind of person Cameron is to really get his work.
He is senstive, thoughtful and intelligent, quiet and respectful. He prefers solitude, listens before he speaks. He is caring, concerned about the world's tough issues such as hunger and poverty, injustice and inhumanity. His debate over these things takes place on the canvas, where he lays out his thinking and a complex scene full of multiple meanings seamlessly blended together in seductive beauty. This thread of beauty is his distintinctive hand. It runs through all his works, and they are as different as the circumstances that each new day brings.
- excerpt from "Michael Cameron", written by Lisa Christensen
. Nationality is Canadian
1999 The Banff Centre for the Arts, Landscape Residency with Iain Baxter
1998 The Banff Centre for the Arts, Leighton Artist Colony Residency
1984 Ontario College of Art, Toronto, ON
1980 Carleton University, Ottawa, ON
2020 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2019 JOY, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2011 The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, AB
2011 The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
2011 Elevation Gallery, Canmore, AB
2009 The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, AB
2008 Summit Gallery of Fine Art, Calgary, AB
2008 Stampede Park, Calgary, AB
2007 Skew Gallery, Calgary, AB
2007 Summit Gallery of Fine Art, Calgary, AB
2006 Summit Gallery of Fine Art, Banff, AB
2005 Summit Gallery of Fine Art, Banff, AB
2004 The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
2003 The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
2002 The Crag Cabin, Banff, AB
2000 Alberta Biennial, Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, AB
2000 Alberta Biennial, The Art Gallery of Edmonton, Edmonton, AB
1999 The Crag Cabin, Banff, AB
1998 The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
1997 The Canadian Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
1996 The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
1994 The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
1993 The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
1992 The Muse Gallery, Toronto, ON
1991 Galerie Rochon, Toronto, ON
1989 The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
2008 Pavilion: Contemporary Art Auction, Joanne Cardinal Schubert
2005 Alberta Art Chronicle, An Adventure in Recent and Contemporary Art by Mary Beth Laviolette, publisher Altitude Publishing
2001 Writing About the Visual Arts, Artichoke Magazine
2000 The Alberta Biennale of Contemporary Art, Edmonton Art Gallery
INTERNATIONAL ART FAIRS:
2008 Next: The International Exhibition of Emerging Art, Chicago, IL
2008 Artropolis: Chcago's Celelbration of Art, Antiques and Culture, Chicago, IL
2008 Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL
PANEL DISCUSSIONS/ARTIST TALKS:
2009 Intermediary, The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, AB
2009 Nature and the Tranformative Qualities of Art and Nature with Edward Burtynsky, Peter von Tiesenhausen and Michael Cameron, The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
1999 Banff Centre Residency artist talk, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB
1998 Leighton Artist Colony artist talk, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB