Danny Cameron

Bowl of Fruit with Brain (After Matisse)

90 x 120 cm


“My work is an exploration in to the validity of the subject(s) of Painting per se. The approach incorporates both a painterly sensibility, and starkly graphic edge,  applying pigment in an aggressive, yet playful manner, occupying a space somewhere  between Figuration & Abstraction. Referencing elements drawn from a deep understanding of Painting’s histories, as  well as ‘glossy’ magazines & cartoons, motifs are passed through personal filters and  subsequently deformed, the resultant image feels caricatured, imbued with an  irreverent sarcasm.

The paintings embody new realities, playgrounds enabling encounters between  multifarious natures, exploring the complex dichotomy between established painting  tropes and collaged embodiments, articulating the interplay between conscious/ unconscious thought & desires through the act of painting itself.

A battle ensues to establish a connection to the present; to dive in to the bustling  sprawl, but also to engage with the past; to bathe in the shadow of the Classical  façade.  Often there is an evocation of a Figure/ Figures, ambiguous, they interlope. Elements  that allude to the Classical are de-contextualised, presented in a wholly new,  somewhat unfamiliar painted realm.”