SVETLANA CAMERON, ARC, SGFA is a Russian-born British portrait artist dedicated to the revival of traditional fine art. Trained in the methods of Old Masters at a private atelier in Malta and later at the Florence Academy of Art, she specializes in portraiture in the style of classical realism.
Svetlana's attention to detail and ability to capture her sitters’ likeness and character have earned her a strong reputation as one of today’s finest international portrait painters. She holds the title of a “Living Master” awarded by the Art Renewal Centre (USA), in 2016 she was included in the list of Top 40 international Masters of Pastel by the French publisher “Pratique des Arts”. In 2016 she was invited to be a member of the Expert Jury and helped judge the international portrait competition hosted by the Portrait Art Club in Moscow.
Svetlana’s works hang in numerous private and public collections. Her portraits of two Speakers and President of the Isle of Man Parliament are included in the UK national collection of oil paintings and are featured on ART UK. In 2017 Svetlana was invited to work on a very prestigious military project - an official portrait of General Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman, 31st Master Gunner St James's Park, commissioned for the collection of the Royal Artillery Regiment.
Since 2005 Svetlana Cameron has been based in the Isle of Man (British Isles) where she works out of her studio in Douglas. A sought-after portrait painter she travels across the UK and internationally to exhibit and meet her sitters.
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 - 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
2017 - Bankside Gallery, London
2016 - Solo Exhibition of Classical Portraits, Russian Centre for Science and Culture, London
2016 - 'Laa Tinvaal', a Solo Exhibition in 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 - "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", two-artist show by Svetlana Cameron and Jimmy Duggan, Sayle Gallery, Isle of Man
2009 - Laureston Manor, Douglas, Isle of Man.
Svetlana Cameron has been invited to be a Guest Speaker by the following organisations:
2016 November - Societe Generale Hambros Bank, London
2016 April - Taylor Wessing LLP, London
2015 June - Russian Art Week in Great Britain, London
2013 November - Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, Isle of Man
2013 January - Isle of Man Art Society