CBC Artspots : Eric Cameron
March 15, 2019
From the archives: A rose is a rose, but not when it’s covered in 10,000 layers of paint
Name: Eric Cameron
Artspots appearance: 2005
13 years ago…
A newly minted Governor General’s Award winner when this episode aired, Eric Cameron is probably best known for his Thick Paintings.
“I paint objects which turn into sculptures,” he tells Artspots — about as tidy a definition for the project as they come.
Every Thick Painting starts as an everyday object — a beer bottle maybe, or a sugar packet — which the artist then coats with gesso, a thin white paint that’s typically used as a primer.
After that, he paints it again and again and again — adding more than 10,000 layers in some cases — to produce a stark white irregular form with a mysterious and inedible Tootsie Roll centre.
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Love Sonnets from Shakespeare for Margaret (1032), begun 2002
Acrylic and acrylic gesso on small book
6” x 12” x12”