For this online exhibition, The CAMP Gallery has selected a series of Thomas Donaldson’s figurative works that express movement, both through the positioning of subjects in his pieces as well as the movements of color, texture, and lines across each work. His technique involves the use of a thick impasto paint with wide brush strokes,and what Thomas like to call “happy accidents', where the paint moves spontaneously across the canvas. The result is an image that comes into place as a figure from a distance, one that is wild, amorphous, and vague when seen up close. In this exhibition, we hope to show the implicit beauty in movement, in freedom and in dance. The kinetic expressions of male and female figures, both dresses and undressed, crouching and stretching, alone or with a partner, show the multifaceted ways in which our bodies express themselves through movement.
MIXED MEDIA DRAWING PIECES
Figure 8-14-202020. Oil painting on paper.Dimensions: 76x 56 cm. Signed on the back and also comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
The nudity of most of these pieces makes reference to the visceral freedom one can feel in privacy, when one does not need to put on the literal and figurative “clothing” required by public spaces. In this sense, this series is akin to the poem “Danse Russe'' by Puerto Rican-American poet William Carlos Williams. Williams, highly influenced by his Caribbean, multicultural upbringing, was also one of the leading members of the Imagist movement of the 20th century, a movement that celebrated direct language use and an experimentation with different rhythms and rhyme scenes. Much like Donaldson does in his paintings, WIlliams brought forth a unique perspective, coupled with a license for freedom of expression by not subscribing to the artistic repressions of his time. In the poem Danse Russe, featured below, Williams writes of existing within his own body, much like the visual experience of Donaldson’s pieces.
Stretching Figure 11-19-202020. Oil painting on canvas. 180 x 150 x 2.5 cm. Signed on the back and also comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Without Sin 7-21-202020. Oil painting on canvas. 91x61x3cm. Signed on the back and also comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Feel free to appreciate the beauty of Donaldson’s models in his works, but knowing that their beauty comes from their humanity, and that such beauty resides in each individual, just as Williams shows an appreciation for his own body “against the yellow drawn shades”.
Thomas Donaldson is a British figurative painter and lecturer based in Asia. His work is inspired by other figurative artists such as Edvard Munch, Egon Schiele, and El Greco, as well as abstract artists like Antoni Tapies. His work has been shown in cities all throughout the world, including New York, Burgen, Shanghai, and Bangkok. The Contemporary Art Modern Project (CAMP for short) is an art gallery based out of North Miami that seeks to enterprise artists in all stages of their careers by not engaging in the fiduciary restrictions often common in the art community. By integrating virtual and in person experiences to promote their artists, we bring forth a global repertoire of artists and their work to the forefront of what we do.
Go Giraffe2019. PHOTOGRAPHY. LIMITED EDITIONS OF 12 IN 40 x 30 IN. AND OF 10 IN 60 × 45 IN. ALICE ZILBERBERG.
If I when my wife is sleeping
and the baby and Kathleen
and the sun is a flame-white disc
in silken mists
above shining trees,—
if I in my north room
dance naked, grotesquely
before my mirror
waving my shirt round my head
and singing softly to myself:
“I am lonely, lonely.
I was born to be lonely,
I am best so!”
If I admire my arms, my face,
my shoulders, flanks, buttocks
against the yellow drawn shades,—
Who shall say I am not
the happy genius of my household?
ALL WORKSIncluded in Exhibition