ABOUT


A native Oregonian, Brian Cameron was born in Seaside in 1952. He has lived his entire life on the north Oregon coast as did two generations before him. This long exposure to the peculiarities of the area has resulted in a bond with the culture and traditions of the North West. Rugged individualism, hard work and a sense of oneness with, and appreciation of nature are all aspects of this culture. These are qualities well suited to an artist.
Primarily self taught, he leaned, as a young man, the art of furniture making and the characteristics and qualities of wood along with the methods and tools used in shaping it. The study of traditional Japanese techniques in architecture, woodworking and block printing led to an appreciation of the power of simplicity in line and space. Incorporating these ideas into furniture design, he became well known both for impeccable craftsmanship and for creating tables which are recognized, in essence, as abstract sculptures designed for utilitarian use. 
TABLE FROM FLOATING TEAK SERIES
FISHERMAN'S WIFE

 As a career in furniture making developed he began incorporating glass and black concrete into his wood furniture, and although his tables became more and more free in their design, in time, the constraints of adapting each inspired sculpture to a functional purpose became a burden. To work in other mediums where free expression is unhindered, drew him to study the master sculptors like Rodin, Brancusi, Moore and Baskin.
 Soon he began to make figurative sculptures in both wood and concrete, and he began creating 3 dimensional hanging constructions. Carving NW Coast Native American ceremonial masks fulfilled a desire to explore his Cherokee heritage. All of this became a new release of artistic energy and opened the door to creating artworks with a clear subject matter. Traditional Japanese block printing was another step in that direction. Focusing on nature for inspiration, the crow and raven became a dominant theme in much of his work as the copious use of black continued to be a signature aspect of his work.


BOLD RAVEN
At this point the desire for experimenting with color was developing to some degree. The soft, translucent hues found in traditional woodcuts was a challenge to emulate, but feeling constrained again by the limits of block printing techniques the freedom of applying colors in broad strokes with varying textures on a larger scale was calling to him.


HOMAGE TO ROTHKO
Now he began painting and experimenting in different styles as he studied Mark Rothko, and Portland legend Michael Russo and then on to Monet and the old impressionists, producing large paintings layering acrylic on masonite or canvas with knives, brushes and even sticks to explore the nature of light and color in both abstract and figurative work.
HOMAGE TO RUSSO 1
 Drawing inspiration from the raw elemental beauty in nature, Brian attempts to express a serene harmony in much of his work. In his abstract paintings, he strives to capture just the essence of the subject, inviting the viewers to use their imagination, thereby participating in a creative exchange. In his sculptures, which are often human forms, he begins with line on paper. Then, with mallet and chisel in hand, he becomes totally absorbed in the process of bringing a living character out of the block of wood. He attempts to imbue the subject with some aspect of human emotion, animating the inanimate.

UNFINISHED MEADOW
“Inspiration.., that perfect, intuitive moment, when time stops when logic and fear are tuned out, and pure, uninhibited creativity is flowing effortlessly onto paper, is elusive, but when it occurs, the piece of work is truly authentic and there is a completeness and value to it that only some will perceive but is always known by the artist "

Brian Cameron’s work was originally available exclusively in the Cameron Gallery, which he and his wife Leslie owned and operated in Gearhart, from 1992 to 1996, and by commission through interior designers. From 1996 through 2002 his work was regularly shown at the Blue Pear in Portland, at the Triad Gallery in Newport and at the Beppu Gallery in Pacific City, Or. He has participated in many juried and invitational shows at the Cannon Beach Arts Association Gallery in Cannon Beach, Or., and has been represented continuously at the Riversea Gallery in Astoria ,Or. since 1998. In 2013 he was juried into the Portland Art Museum rental sales Gallery for permanent representation.
  Brian works from his studio beside his oceanfront home on the beach just north of Gearhart, Oregon where he lives with his wife and children.


                                             


                                              Brian Cameron Bio/Resume

 A native Oregonian, Brian Cameron was born in Seaside in 1952. He has lived his entire life on the north Oregon coast as did two generations before him. Though his father was a small business owner, his mother, a music teacher, provided a home in which artistic expression was a cornerstone. He was encouraged to study and to find outlets for his musical and artistic talents. After heading to college in 1972 with an art scholarship, this 3rd generation ‘Coastie’ embarked on an early career as a maker of fine furniture, incorporating the elements of clean Japanese design and flawless joinery. He later shifted to figurative sculpture in wood and even concrete, before delving into printmaking and ultimately painting.

 Early paintings were primarily abstract as were his masterpiece furniture designs. He made a gradual turn toward representational paintings end enjoyed painting near photo-realistic works for a time, but still felt compelled to return to a more abstract approach.    
Brian works in both oils and acrylics, preferring to shy away from too much detail by employing the palette knife much more than the brush. This may be a throwback to sculpting in some regards as the knife allows a more painterly 'building' of the piece. As one who is heavily influenced by nature, he is attempting to express a serene harmony in much of his work. Although many of his paintings are still representational, he often slides into near abstraction, striving to capture just the essence of the subject, inviting the viewers to use their imagination, thereby participating in a creative exchange.

 Cameron says of the creative process   “When you get going, the logical side cuts out and there is a great meditation there. That  perfect, intuitive moment, when time stops, when logic and fear are tuned out, and pure, uninhibited creativity is flowing effortlessly onto canvas, is elusive, but when it occurs, the piece of work is truly authentic and there is a completeness and value to it that only some will perceive but is always known by the artist.”  Brian works from his oceanfront studio in Gearhart Or. where he lives with his wife Leslie.

                         Past representation 

                                                                                    1992 - 1996    Cameron Gallery, Gearhart, Or.
                                                                                 1996 - 2002    The Blue Pear , Portland, Or.
                                                                                 1999 – 2002    Triad Gallery , Newport, Or.
                                                                                 1999 - 2001    The Beppu Gallery , Pacific City, Or. 
                                                                                 
                                                                                 2000 - 2014    Cannon Beach Arts Assoc. Gallery
                                                                                 2010 -  2011    Modern Villa Gallery , Cannon Beach ,Or.
                                                                                 2013 -  2014     Primary Elements Gallery, Cannon Beach Or.
                                                                                   
                          Current representation
                                                                                1998 – present  Riversea Gallery,  Astoria, Or.
                                                                                2013-   present Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland Or.
                                                                                2015 -  present White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach ,Or                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Selected exhibits

                          Cannon Beach Arts Assoc.Gallery  2006  Vessels  juried exhibit
                                                                                  2009  For The Birds  invitational exhibit
                                                                                  2011  Annual Miniatures Show  juried exhibition 
                                                                                  2012  Fruits Of Our Labor  invitational exhibit
                                                                                  2013  Boats juried exhibit
                                                                                  2013  Still Life invitational exhibit
                                                                                  2013  Miniatures Show  Juried exhibit
                           Triad Gallery                                 2002   Wood and Wool invitational exhibit    



                           White Bird Gallery                       2015  45th Anniversary invitational

                           Riversea Gallery                            2001  Wood Altered  invitational exhibit
                                                                                  2002  Nature of Wood   solo exhibit
                                                                                  2005   River Readings  invitational exhibit
                          2005   Sacred Coast       solo exhibit
                          2007   Sky Field Water  duo exhibit / Brandon Hoffman
                          2008   Mood light Landscape duo exhibit/  Kirk Jonasson
                          2008   Images Of Memory  juried exhibit
                          2009   Big Red: Revisited  juried exhibition
                          2009   Up Close and Far Away  solo exhibit
                          2012   Postcards From The Edge  invitational exhibit
                          2012   Art Concerto  invitational exhibit
                          
                          2013   Studio Tour Demonstration invitational

                          2013   Objects Of Desire invitational
                          
                          2014    Tails To Tell  invitational
                         2015    Chasing Sunlight  invitational                                                                                                       
                         2016    50 years to Nowhere  invitational

                         2016   Stories From The Edge invitational                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

                        Portland Art Museum Gallery        2013  June New Artists Show Juried exhibit  

 Portland                                                                 2013  Fall Member Show         Juried invitational 

exhibit                                                                     2014  Spring Member Show    Juried invitational

                                                                                2014  Fall Member Show         Juried invitational

2                                                                              2015  Spring Member Show     Juried invitational

                                                                                2015  Fall Member Show         Juried invitational

                                                                                2016  Spring Member Show     Juried Invitatinal 
                                  
                                                                                2016  Fall Member Show         Juried Invitational
                        
                         Howard/Mandville Gallery            2013 Small Works Show invitational exhibit
                         Kirkland Wa.                                                                                                                                                                       


                        Seaside Public Library                     2010  Brian Cameron Retrospective  solo exhibit
                        Seaside Or.

                        COLLECTIONS

                                                                                Kaiser Westside Medical Center,  Portland Or. permanent collection
                                                                                Holliday Park Plaza  Portland Or. permanent collection
                                                                                Goodman Corp. Westhills Villiage Portland Or. permanent collection
                                                                                Studio Art Direct  'The Private Collection'
                                                                                Leena Riker collection
                                                                                Tinker Hatfield collection
                                                                                David Ogden Stiers collection
                                                                                Michael Foster collection