SVETLANA CAMERON, ARC, SGFA (b. 1978) is a Russian-British portrait artist dedicated to revival and preservation of classical fine art. Trained in the methods of Old Masters, Cameron specializes in traditional portraiture in the style of classical realism. She is best known for her official and ceremonial oil portraits, as well as delicate life-like paintings of children in pastel.
Svetlana Cameron's attention to detail and ability to capture her sitter's likeness and character have earned her a strong reputation and made her one of today’s most sought-after international portrait painters. She holds the title of a Living Master awarded by the Art Renewal Centre in the USA and has been included in the list of Top 40 Masters of Pastel by the publisher Pratique des Arts in France (2016), and named as one of Top 100 international pastel artists by Pastel Journal (2018). Cameron is an elected member of the British national Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA).
Svetlana Cameron has painted official portraits for a number of organizations and institutions. In 2017 she was invited to work on a prestigious military portrait featuring General Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman, 31st Master Gunner St James's Park, commissioned by the Royal Artillery Institution. Her portraits of President and two Speakers of the Isle of Man Parliament (Tynwald) are included in the UK national collection of oil paintings and are on permanent public display in the Legislative Buildings in the Isle of Man. Several of her ecclesiastical portraits hang in the collections of the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England.
Svetlana Cameron lives on the south-eastern coast of England where she works out of her private studio near Hastings (East Sussex). A sought-after portrait painter, she travels across the UK and internationally to exhibit and meet her sitters. Her 2019 diary includes commissions from England, Scotland, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine and Italy.
Svetlana’s oil painting method is based on the traditional Flemish technique. Work begins with a detailed drawing and a monochrome (grisaille) under-painting, followed by multiple layers of opaque over-painting and rich transparent colour glazes. Rarely practised by artists today due to its complexity and time consuming nature, this traditional approach allows the artist to create depth and luminosity of colour and level of fine detail which is not possible to achieve by using modern direct painting methods.
For works in pastel Svetlana Cameron has developed her own award-winning “three-colour” technique which received accolades in international competitions in Great Britain, USA and Russia. Her method involves use of the French drawing medium Conte-a-Paris in only three colours – black, red, and white – which are skilfully blended on toned paper to achieve a full range of delicate lifelike skin tones. The very subtle semi-translucent flesh areas are often juxtaposed with opaque bright colour accents in clothes and accessories, creating the contrast that has become one of the most recognizable features of Svetlana's style.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
2017 - Finalist, International 2016/2017 ARC Salon Competition - USA
2017 - Winner, "Strokes of Genius" international drawing competition, North Light Books, USA
2017 - 4th Place Winner in "Pastel 100" International Competition - USA
2016 - Finalist, International 2015/2016 ARC Salon Competition - USA
2016 - awarded status of ARC Associate Living Master and included in the Art Renewal Center Museum - USA
2015 - Included in Top 40 list of international Masters of Pastel by Pratique des Arts magazine and featured in "40 maîtres du PASTEL" - France
2015 - Finalist (Top 10) in International Artist Magazine competition "People and Figures"
2015 - Winner, "Strokes of Genius" international drawing competition
2015 - 1st Place Award in the "Portrait Drawing" category, Russian Art Week in Great Britain - London
2015 - 3rd Place Award in the "Portrait Painting" category, Russian Art Week in Great Britain - London
2015 - Finalist, International 2014/2015 ARC Salon Competition - USA
2014 - Finalist, International 2013/2014 ARC Salon Competition - USA
2013 - 2nd Place Award in the "Academic Drawing. Portraits" category, Russian Art Week - Moscow
2013 - Finalist with "Honourable Mention", 15th Annual "Pastel 100" International Competition - USA
2013 - Winner, "Strokes of Genius" international drawing competition - USA
2013 - Finalist, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists "Portrait Prize 2013" competition - Birmingham, UK
2013 - Finalist, International 2012/2013 ARC Salon Competition - USA
2012 - 4th Place in the "Figurative" category, 14th Annual "Pastel 100" International Competition — USA
2012 - "Best in Show" and "Governor's Choice" Awards, Sayle Gallery Summer Exhibition — Isle of Man
2012 - Finalist, International 2011/2012 ARC Salon Competition - USA
2011 - Selected for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2018 - Genesis Gallery, Isle of Man
2017 - Villa Marina, Douglas, Isle of Man
2017 - Reform Club, London
2017 - Bankside Gallery, London
2016 - Russian Centre for Science and Culture, London
2016 - Tynwald, Parliament of the Isle of Man
2015 - Bankside Gallery, London
2015 - Russian Art Week in Great Britain, London
2014 - Solo Exhibition of Classical Portraits, Sayle Gallery, Isle of Man
2014, 2013 - Society of Graphic Fine Art open exhibitions, Menier Gallery, London
2013 - "Realism", Isle Gallery, Isle of Man
2013 - Art Week in Moscow
2013 - "RBSA Portrait Prize", RBSA Gallery, Birmingham, UK
2013 - "Nature Through Art", The Government House, Isle of Man
2012 - "Speakers Portraits - Techniques Uncovered", Tynwald Library, Legislative Buildings, Isle of Man
2012 - "Love Pastels 2012", Mall Galleries, London
2011 - The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2011 - "Face to Face", Sayle Gallery, Isle of Man
2009 - Laureston Manor, Douglas, Isle of Man.
TALKS AND SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES
2017 October - Exhibition and auction at Reform Club, Pall Mall, London
2017 November - Exhibition and auction at Rebecca House Black Tie Ball, Villa Marina, Isle of Man
2017 September - Guest exhibitor at Neville Johnson and Tom Howley Showroom, London
2016 November - Guest Speaker and exhibitor at Societe Generale Hambros Bank, London
2016 July - Guest exhibitor at the Tynwald Library, Isle of Man Parliament
2016 April - Guest Speaker and exhibitor at Taylor Wessing LLP, London
2016 March - Guest exhibitor at Keystone Law Event, Laureston Manor, Isle of Man
2016 January - Master class for young artists, Youth Arts Center, Isle of Man
2015 June - Master class and talk at the Russian Culture House, London
2013 November - Guest Speaker and exhibitor at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, Isle of Man
2013 January - Guest Speaker at Isle of Man Art Society
2011 - Guest Speaker at 'Engaged' Dining Club, Brightlife, Isle of Man
JUROR AT ART COMPETITIONS
Svetlana Cameron is often invited to work as a juror at art events on local, national and international levels. She has contributed to judging the following competitions:
2018 - Bindaas Artist Group portrait competition for women artists, India
2018 - Bindaas Artist Group Competition, India
2018 - New Style Magazine international competition of children's art, London.
2016 - Art Portrait Club international competition, Moscow
2016 - Art Week in Ukraine
2016 - Art Week in Belarus
2015 - Art Week in Hungary
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