Artist in Residence
16x20 Acrylic and Watercolor on Panel
Cameron Shojaei started drawing dinosaurs at the age of three; now he paints girls, animals and plants at age twenty-five. Not a fan of squarish, inorganic, minimalist, non-representational design based work, he considers his aesthetic grandfathers to be the big hitters of Art Nouveau (Klimt and his consorts). Today, Shojaei paints family portraits of babies, grandmas, and dogs to pay the bills and burn in (relative) anonymity. He hopes that his legacy as an artist will be to bring representational, traditional, Rubenesque figure painting back to the main stage of high art, and to push out the fine-art-wallpaper and slash-and-burn painting techniques that dominate today's contemporary galleries.