The Art Portfolio of Cameron McLellan
Cameron McLellan is a Vancouver-based artist who works primarily in painting, drawing, and mixed media. The artist’s works addresses man-made materials and architecture, and the ways in which constructed spaces interact with weather and the natural environment.
I’m really enjoying the works in Cameron’s recent series Studio Weather. In these works, the artist applied dry watercolour shavings to paper then left the paper on the floor of his studio during different weather patterns, allowing ingress water (from rain, humidity, condensation, and various other weather-related causes) to dampen the watercolour shavings and create moments of bright pigment on the neutral-hued paper. The resulting works are delicate and seem to emulate, through a certain fragility of form, the changeable nature of weather patterns and their effect on studio air.
Another recent series, Sealed Units, takes advantage of the unique architectural features of Vancouver heritage homes, using heritage pigments injected into sealed windows to create a series of almost monochromatic paintings reminiscent of Mark Rothko.