Cameron Jarvis is an emerging artist based in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. He was born in 1992 to parents who immigrated to Minnesota from the Caribbean island of Antigua. He grew up Cottage Grove, where he was homeschooled through all 12 grades. While in high school, Cameron studied with Minneapolis artists Gregory Rose, and Joel Starkey at Inver Hills Community College through the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option. Cameron received his bachelor’s degrees in Studio Art and Music performance from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2015. He spent the spring of 2014 studying at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, England.
“Making art is a chance to bring something new into existence, to create a unique visual experience for the viewer. I relish this opportunity, and I express my love of painting with vivid color. The work in my series Departures and Flight develops from my exploration of the world around me.
Departures originates from a desire to document memories of visits to St. Paul, time spent in my hometown of Cottage Grove and most recently my semester studying in London. I begin with freely painted abstract compositions. I slowly build up layers, working toward realism in color and form until the image emerges. I treat the locations as found objects, focusing on their physical presence, and their idiosyncrasies. I further developed this concept of documentation by making paintings of places that became familiar to me during my time in London, relying more on the immediacy of short-term memory, and repeated encounters.
My Flight paintings are, at their root, simple expressions of color. Graphic elements work together to occupy a space between imagination and reality. In an attempt to magnify the awe and excitement that has surrounded flight throughout history, I draw from personal experience, observations of nature, and stories from history and culture. By removing the subjects from their original context and substituting my own imagined environment, I want to celebrate them, ignoring the science, and focusing on the sheer magic.
I let concept develop from content through the physicality of the work, reflecting my physical journey through the world coupled with my journey through life. The painting process is a chance for me to draw out the essence of my subjects, and reconstruct them two-dimensionally.”