CAMERON HAAS | SHAPE SHIFTING

28 SEPTEMBER - 20 OCTOBER 2019

CAMERON HAAS |  NEW CITY

The Nancy Sever Gallery is pleased to present Shape Shifting, an exhibition of recent work by  Cameron Haas.

Cameron Haas began studying fine art at the University of Tasmania and completed his studies at the National Art School in Sydney where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in 2010. He now lives and works in Canberra

 Cameron Haas | Shape Shifting opens at the Nancy Sever Gallery on Saturday 28 September and runs until 20 October 2019. For further information on the exhibition please contact Nancy Sever at nancy.sever@iinet.net.au or Tel 02 6182 0055. The Gallery is open Wednesdays to Sundays 11am – 5pm.

Artist statement

This new body of work is about drawing. I have made a shift from geometric painting with its crisp lines and flat paint surfaces to these new works, stepping into more organic forms and revisiting explorations I made in this field at the end of my studies.  This new focus, or refocus, in my practice has been brought about by a deliberate desire to step back into the unknown, but also serendipitously as a result of day to day circumstances.

In recent years, I’ve become a father to two children, and this has meant my time in the studio now comes in concentrated bursts of energy, at a moment’s notice. I’ve taken again to having a sketchbook with me, drawing when I can, and this has brought me closer to a previously lost daily practice.

In preparatory drawing I have developed forms. Over time and many drawings these have become almost figurative in the way they sit and interact within the drawing and painting space.

These compositions are transferred onto the canvas with large brushes and paint. I then work all the elements to a resolution constantly altering shape, line, edge, finish, colour and tone. Whilst the paint surface is flat, looking closer will reveal previous layers of colour and changes in edge quality as well as changes to the overall composition.

Making changes, painting over, and erasing has all returned to my process, which has made for a transition towards new areas of inquiry and for the more immediate and organic tone to these new works.

Cameron Haas

September 2019

Artworks included in the exhibition. 

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22 AUGUST - 16 SEPTEMBER 2018

The Nancy Sever Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work by  Cameron Haas. The title of the exhibition reflects the fact that the artist has relocated to Canberra from Sydney, where he exhibited at the Ray Hughes Gallery.

Cameron Haas was born in Hobart in 1981. He began studying fine art at the University of Tasmania and completed his studies at the National Art School in Sydney where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in 2010. He has won several art awards including the prestigious John McCaughey Painting Prize in 2009.

Cameron Haas | New City opens at the Nancy Sever Gallery on Wednesday 22 August and runs until Sunday 16 September 2018. For further information on the exhibition please contact Nancy Sever at nancy.sever@iinet.com.au or Tel 02 6182 0055. The Gallery is open Wednesdays to Sundays 11am – 5pm.

Artist statement

My work is non-narrative, non-objective geometric painting. I reference Australian and American, Hard Edge, Geometric painters of the 1960s and 1970s.  Through a non-narrative perspective I emphasise the “visual” in visual art, drawing on the fundamentals of image making, whilst leaving narrative as second. My interest in painting lies in the act of making, drawing, composing and applying paint.

My work is based on a strong studio practice in which a body of work is developed through a series of line drawings, then slowly coloured, which may take several variations, to achieve a final composition.

Whilst I aim for the surface quality of my paintings not to detract from the overall image, I hand paint my edges instead of using tape allowing minor imperfections to serve as a reminder of the handmade quality of painting.

Colour to me is very important. Two colours placed side by side can attract or repel, alter the pictorial space, and give an overall hum to the painting. With each new body of work I aim to draw on the previous exhibitions and push the possibilities.

Cameron Haas,

August 2018

Artworks included in the exhibition. 

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CAMERON HAAS

Paintings by Cameron Haas available for acquisition

 

CAMERON HAAS

Cameron Haas was born in Hobart, Tasmania, in 1981. He began studying fine art at the University of Tasmania and completed his studies at the National Art School, Sydney. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in 2010. He has won several art awards including the John McCaughey Art Prize in 2009.

Awards

2008            Awarded the Friends of the National Art School Second Year Painting Prize

2009            Awarded the John McCaughey Painting Prize

2009            Awarded the Robin Gibson New Talent Exhibition

2009            Awarded the St Vincent Collection Prize

Commissions

2011              Ray White Kent St Head Office.

Collections

Artbank

Ray White (Sydney & Brisbane)

Allens Arthur Robinson Collection

St Vincent Hospital Collection, Sydney

 

Solo Exhibitions

2013           II, The Hughes Gallery, Sydney

2011           17 Compositions, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney

Group Exhibitions

2017             Abstraction 16, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

2013             Life's a Beach, The Hughes Gallery, Sydney

2013             Fresh from the Studio, The Hughes Gallery, Sydney

2012             Five Foot Square, The Hughes Gallery, Sydney

2012             Five Foot Square, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery

2012             Fresh from the Studio 12, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney              

2010             A Summer Exhibition, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney

2010             #66, Sydney Non Objective Gallery  

2010             Degree Show, National Art School, Sydney

2009            Group show. Robin Gibson New Talent Exhibition.