Cameron Spratley, Dirt Cheap Life Insurance, collage on paper, 34 x 30 inches, 2018
New works by Richmond-based artist Cameron Spratley are currently on view at ADA Gallery, April 5th through April 27th, 2019. In his latest exhibition, Angel Dust, Spratley draws from the aesthetics of black culture and entertainment, additionally referencing the myriad dangers faced by young black men in America. Spratley confronts, and deliberately problematizes, the interpretative gaze, putting the viewer who is unfamiliar with his images into the space of the Other.
Spratley’s new works are dense, immediately gripping, and characteristically layered. Anger and alienation saturate his canvases, whether in the form of abstract rays from a model’s eyes or, more viscerally, the barrels of guns pointed straight at you. Spratley presents a chaotic, brutal world in which the artist and his subjects are perhaps only marginally more comfortable than the uninitiated, but even staring down the barrels, one feels compelled to explore it further.
Cameron Spratley is an artist born in 1994 and currently based in Richmond, Virginia. He received his BFA in Studio Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University (2016) and then attended Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ (2017). Spratley’s work has most recently been featured in Bunk Notes at Pilot Projects in Philadelphia, PA, 15 YRS! Everybody In The Pool! at ADA Gallery in Richmond, VA, Microcosmos: the Politics of the Inner Self at Royco Contemporary at The Shed in Beacon, NY. His multiple solo exhibitions include Face Stay Numb Like a Terrible Accident at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum in Philadelphia, GHOSTBLOOD at Valet Gallery and Look At My Wrist, Look At All of My Diamonds at Mulberry Gallery, both located in Richmond, VA.
Spratley has given lectures as a visiting artist at the PAFA Museum and School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. He was awarded a Teaching Fellowship from Rutgers University (2017) as well as the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship from Yale University (2015). Spratley’s work has been featured in Title Magazine, Saatchi Art, and as a set piece on the television show Empire. His latest exhibition, Angel Dust, is currently on view at ADA Gallery unti April 27th, 2019.
Cameron Spratley, The trunk is full the ass is low, collage on paper, 44 x 30 inches, 2019
Cameron Spratley, The Temptations, collage on paper, 42 x 33 inches, 2019
Cameron Spratley, Hope of Deliverance, collage on paper, 30 x 24 inches, 2018
Cameron Spratley, Gangsta Whitewalls *the caged bird sings, collage on paper, 35 x 28 inches, 2018
Cameron Spratley, Fantasy Massage, collage on paper, 33 x 26 inches, 2018
Cameron Spratley, Apple of My Eye, collage on paper, 31 x 26 inches, 2018