Courtesy of Hythan Co

Bio

At the age of ten, Cameron was an established paleontologist, traveling to Utah to excavate dinosaur bones and returning to his 5th grade classroom to present the findings of his research. In middle and high school, he chased dreams of playing the trumpet and racing mountain bikes at a professional level. Late in high school, he realized that visual art was (and is) the unlikely common denominator of all other endeavors.

Cameron graduated from James Madison University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art as well as a Pre-K-12 Visual Arts Teaching Licensure, and accepted the school’s award for a graduating senior with a concentration in painting. Since graduation, he has won numerous awards in art fairs and juried shows around the country. He is currently represented by TEW Galleries (Atlanta, GA), Axiom Fine Art (Orlando, FL), Roan & Black (Saugatuck, MI), Glave Kocen Art Consulting (Richmond, VA), and Magnolia Home Furnishings (Roanoke, VA). Among his clients are The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The JMU School of Integrated Science and Technology, Della Watkins, Director of the Columbia Museum of Art, and Braden Holtby, Goalie of the Washington Capitals.

He currently works from his home studio in Richmond, VA

Statement

Often, the greatest innovations come not from abundance but from scarcity. We can recall examples of this in almost any aspect of our culture: architecture, music, food. Some of the most inventive culinary strategies were originally conceived out of economic or agricultural dearth.

I like to play a game in the studio where the only rule is that I cannot buy new materials. Instead, I try to convince myself that there is already a good painting somewhere in my studio, in the heaps of scraps from previous works and housing renovations and rusted buckets of salvaged house paint. While my marks maintain a child-like innocence, the weathered materials evoke nostalgia. When combined with the structural organization of the pieces, this suggests an urban, industrial history, and yet does not impose any concrete narrative on the viewer. The process of painting, cropping, and reassembling allows me to synthesize disparate ideas, in order to create works that are simultaneously spontaneous and available to the accident, yet is entirely within my control.

Of course, my work does not exist within a vacuum and it is only responsible for me to think of what impact my work may have on the world. I know, at my core, that I was designed for a very specific job: making paintings, simply for the sake of making paintings. I feel an intense and spiritual excitement and curiosity while making my work. Maybe it is a glimpse of heaven. My hope is that the viewer would feel at least a fraction of that.

CV

Born 1995, Carbondale, IL

Currently: Richmond, VA

Education:

2013-17
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Bachelor of Science Degree in Studio Art, Pre K-12 Visual Arts Teaching Licensure, Senior Achievement Award -

Painting Concentration Area

Representation:

Axiom Fine Art, Winter Park, FL
Glave Kocen Art Consulting, Richmond, VA

Magnolia, Roanoke, VA

Roan & Black, Saugatuck, MI
TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

 

Solo Exhibitions (2014-2020):

Immediate Gratification, BOJUart, Virginia Beach, VA

Calvin Ball, Spitzer Art Center, Harrisonburg, VA

Stanley Hudson, 292 N. Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA

Sense of Humor, 292 N. Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA

Everything is a Cat, Artworks, Harrisonburg, VA

Gluttony, Artworks, Harrisonburg, VA

 

Group Exhibitions and Fairs:

 

2020

CONTEXT Art Miami, Tew Galleries, Online Exhibition

SIZE DOESN’T MATTER, Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA 

Organized Abstraction, TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

Salon Style, TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA

 

2019

 

Art Inspired, Gallery at 17, Richmond, VA

Current Art Fair, Richmond, VA
Hung Juried, Glave Kocen, Richmond, VA

 

2018

 

The Other Art Fair, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL
All-Media Juried Show, Crossroads Art Center, Richmond, VA *VA MOCA Boardwalk Art Show, VA Beach, VA
Companion Planting, Arts Council of the Valley, Harrisonburg, VA

 

2017

 

*Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival, Norfolk, VA
National Juried Show at The Bower Center for the Arts, Bedford, VA 

LOCAL at The Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Waynesboro, VA 

Welcome, 292 N. Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA

6x6x30, Spitzer Art Center, Harrisonburg, VA

Incarnation, 292 N. Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA 
 2016

*RVAS Annual Juried Show, Lynchburg, VA
Hill Center Galleries Regional Juried Exhibition, Washington, DC
*Edna Curry/John Bower Exhibition, Bower Center for the Arts, Bedford, VA


6x6x30, Spitzer Art Center, Harrisonburg, VA
Larkin Arts Regional Juried Show, Harrisonburg, VA

Exploring Lent in Black and White, 292 N Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA

*James Madison University Undergraduate Juried Show, Harrisonburg, VA

Two:Too, Madison Union, Harrisonburg, VA


 

2015

 

The Gallery U Invitational, The Alternative Gallery, Allentown, PA
*James Madison University Undergraduate Juried Show, Harrisonburg, VA


 

2014

 

James Madison University Undergraduate Juried Show, Artworks, Harrisonburg, VA

 

2013

 

6x6 Juried Show, Larkin Arts, Harrisonburg, VA P. Buckley Moss Invitational, Waynesboro, VA

 

*Award Received
 


 

Awards:

 

Award of Excellence – Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL
Thomas A. Felton Jr. Award of Distinction in Fine Art - VA MOCA Boardwalk Art Show, VA Beach, VA

Randy Harris Memorial Award - Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival, Norfolk, VA
Honorable Mention - Riverviews Artspace Annual Juried Show, Lynchburg, VA
Award of Merit - Edna Curry/John Bower Exhibition, Bedford, VA
Jay D. Kain Scholarship in Art Education
Marion Park Lewis Foundation Scholarship
JMU Studio Art Achievement Award - Painting Concentration

Juror's Award - James Madison University Undergraduate Juried Show 2015
Juror's Award - James Madison University Undergraduate Juried Show 2016

 

Selected Private Collections:

Braden Holtby (Former Goalie of the Washington Capitals)
McKesson Corporation
Della Watkins (Director of the Columbia Museum of Art)
James Madison University School of Integrated Science and Technology

Press/Media:

Cameron Ritcher in Conversation with Timothy Tew of Tew Galleries

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hVkIgnWAw0&feature=emb_title

Live Demo at Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA filmed by Hythan Co:

https://vimeo.com/343953946

The Washington Post: Strictly Painting 12 at the Mclean Project for the Arts:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-the-galleries-archiving-eden-exhibition-sprouts-interest-with-macro-photos/2019/07/05/dbf45a88-9c06-11e9-83e3-45fded8e8d2e_story.html

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