From the Archives: Alex Cameron

Alex Cameron

Alex Cameron pictured in The Globe and Mail, October 23, 1973

In anticipation of Alex Cameron's upcoming exhibition, we take a look back at a few notable moments from the early days of his long-standing career. 

1977: Cameron is honoured as one of the artists included in the "14 Canadians: Critics Choice", at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. 

Alex Cameron

Alex Cameron

Alex Cameron


1978: Cameron discusses his inspiration and process in Uptempo, Ottawa

Alex Cameron

Photo credit: Ottawa Citizen, February 10, 1992

Alex Cameron

Oxern, Pearl. “'Challenging crudity' not as spontaneous as it seems, says the artist.” Uptempo, 1978, p. 38.

1986: Cameron is featured in The Art Post 

Alex Cameron in The Art Post

 Alex Cameron featured in The Art Post

Moldofsky, Mitch . “Spring Showings from Alex Cameron to Humanist Paintings to Colour Photograms .” The Art Post, 1986, pp. 5–6.

Alex Cameron

Alex Cameron, Supermoon, Hale Bopp & Stars, 72 x 72 in. 

In the latest series of paintings by Alex Cameron, the artist turns his gaze skyward. Celestial objects—super moons, constellations, and comets—blend with terrestrial phenomena like fire embers, snow, and cloud formations to create energetic landscapes in a style unique to Cameron and his over 40 year long career.  David’s Bonfire refers warmly to an evening at the Rideau Lakes, when the artist spent time with long time friend and fellow painter David Bolduc on holiday with their families. The occasion--fondly remembered--included lively painting sessions, and what Cameron refers to as a "kitchen show:" watercolours adorned the cottage walls, and were later exchanged between artists, and taken home to be cherished for years. Memory, then, becomes for Cameron a proverbial bridge, connecting and uniting land, sky, and stars.

Alex Cameron’s paintings have been collected extensively in Canada and abroad. Notable collections include the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Bank of Canada, and The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Art Collection. He lives and works in Toronto. 

David's Bonfire
February 3-17, 2018
340 Dundas St West, Toronto
Opening Reception: Saturday February 3, 2:00 - 4:00pm


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