Canadian painter Alex Cameron grew up with the smell of linseed oil in his home. Both his mother and an uncle were accomplished artists. This playful abstract piece showcases Cameron’s masterful use of bright, bold colours thickly applied. Against a colour field of orange, sky blue and mauve, geometric and organic shapes float in the center of the canvas in vivid yellow, blue, green and red.
“Working for Jack Bush taught me a lot about art—it also taught me about the business of art.” Alex Cameron (1947)
He was famed abstract artist, Jack Bush’s studio assistant in the late seventies and spent his days mixing paints and preparing for exhibitions. He also worked at the Mirvish Gallery. Cameron grew up on Georgian Bay surrounded by the rugged northern wilderness. Landscape expressed in abstract form has been the focus of most of his work. Cameron graduated from the New School of Art in Toronto where he studied under non-figurative artists—Graham Coughtry, Gord Raynor and Dennis Burton. His 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.