Craig Cameron-Mackintosh


Oil on Italian Cotton, 2021


50cm x 40cm


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Taking visual cues and references from photography, Craig Cameron – Mackintosh explores the cinematic effects of light and shade reworking the traditional silhouette motif. Cameron – Mackintosh pushes the two extremes that trick the eye to create different ways of seeing the same things. In a reversal of the typical order of artistic practise, his large, highly rendered silhouette paintings inform his smaller, looser works. “What light reveals on the one plane, it equally masks and distorts on the opposite. When the subject is backlit, the effect is almost like a photo negative – details are removed, rendering age, facial features and even skin colour of the subjects ambiguous. With a quick setting adjustment, the subject is overexposed and blown out with soft focus. I enjoy this duality of the same scene. These near life-size figures stare out into an unknown landscape, with the graduated blue canvases as their windows. ” Craig Cameron-Mackintosh Craig Cameron-Mackintosh grew up in White River, Mpumalanga an environment which inspired many great South African artists including Keith Alexander and Esias Bosch. Showing a prodigious talent for drawing from an early age and despite not having studied fine art he has drawn influence from fellow South African artists. Cameron – Mackintosh moved to Cape Town in 2007 to study filmmaking at AFDA which has deeply influenced his artistic career; not only lending a sense of cinema and story to his subject matter but also informing his technique. Craig Cameron – Mackintosh is the winner of the 2019 Sanlam Portrait Award.

Solo Exhibitions

2021 Give Me Space – Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Cape Town

2020- 2021 Nowhere Better To Be – EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town

Group Exhibitions

2020 Diaspora – White River Gallery, White River

2020 Diaspora – White River Gallery, White River

2020 Boys Don’t Cry – Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Cape Town

2019 Sanlam Portrait Award 2019 – Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Cape Town (Overall Winner)

2019 Palate, Plate, Palette – Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Cape Town

2018 The Grand IV, Group Exhibition – Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Cape Town

2018 The Summer Exhibition – EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town

2017 The Truth About Rabbits – Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Cape Town

2017 Single Fare – Highline Stages, New York

2017 Putty in Your Hands – Youngblood, Cape Town

2017 Elemental – Commune1, Cape Town

2016 Portraits and Selfies – White River Gallery, White River

2016 When the Lights Dim – Studio Dylan Thomaz, Cape Town

2015 Arts Ability – Youngblood Africa, Cape Town