Colour Copes by Alex Cameron

Oil On Canvas
60 × 60 inches
152.4 × 152.4 cm
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Fore, mid and back grounds of this oil landscape are scaffold onto which an impasto of textured colour link post-painterly abstraction with Canadian wilderness. The two blasted foreground pines and smaller verticals reinvented straight from the paint tube create upward moment from a tall ground of tangled mauve, blue and ochre. The ground merges with the animated gold ochre sky between which dark blue water appears like two small jewels all of which is reminiscent, as the title suggests, of a colourful mantle or cope. In the 1960s, Alex Cameron was introduced to abstraction in painting by artists in New York and in Toronto. Cameron studied at the New School of Art in Toronto under non-figurative painters Graham Coughtry, Gord Raynor and Dennis Burton. In the 1970s, he became a studio assistant to Jack Bush and worked for the famed Mirvish Gallery. Cameron's work grew from these exposures to abstraction evident in his early flat, animated areas of color that here have given way to impasto. According to Nasgaard in Abstract Painting in Canada, what sets Cameron apart from his peers are his "unabashed sense of humor and his high spirits." 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.

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