Gallery Panel: Cameron Leko Sollar

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Cameron Leko Sollar, No one likes a  martyr. Acrylic on canvas, 45.4 x 60.5cm. Courtesy: the artist.

Amy Rose

Manager, Saint Cloche Gallery

Cameron withholds no potency with this compelling work. The intentionally bold use of rich bloody reds and vibrant violets express the very culmination of a fascinating and complex history of Christ: the martyr as both a religious icon and a speculative figure. Ideas around self-sacrifice, stigmata, and the boundaries pushed when fuelled by the promise of salvation and hope come to mind. The powerful blending of physical and spiritual realms with Cameron’s explicit style suspends both the figure and the perspective of the viewer in an alluring and surreal space. A sort of twisted ecstasy is created by the potent and torturous stories Cameron conjures.

Ashleigh Jones

Independent Curator and Gallery Manager at Michael Reid, Sydney

Cameron’s work is vibrantly rough-edged. Rather than a devotional piece, Cameron’s work speaks of a cultural exploration into rituals, religion and the natural groupings we form as humans. Within such observations, vitality is observed which can be felt in the artists colour palette. Cameron’s subject is painted naively, alluding to a painter in a state of play preceding inhibitions and proceeding confidence. I enjoy this painting’s exuberant spirit, both in style and subject matter.

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