CAMERON SPRATLEY

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"Therapist Painting" Acrylic, Digital Image Transfer, Colored Pencil, Rhinestones, and Collage on Canvas 70" x 64" 2016
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"Death is Rolaids/Fast Relief" Acrylic, Oil, Matte Media Transfer, and Crayon on canvas 72" x 64", 2015
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"Dickhead, Penishead, Remerol" Acrylic, Digital Image Transfer, Crayon, Rhinestones, and Colored Pencil on Canvas 70" x 64", 2016
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EDUCATION:
2018 Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
2016 BFA - Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Merit Studio Advanced Painting Program
2015 Yale University at Norfolk Summer School of Art, Norfolk, CT

BIO:
Cameron Spratley obtained his bachelors degree in 2016 from Virginia Commonwealth University. He attended the Yale University at Norfolk residency, was the recipient of the Alice Cabell Horsely Parker Scholarship from Virginia Commonwealth University, and received a full tuition scholarship from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of Art. Cameron is based in Richmond but has shown up and down the East Coast and had work featured on FOX’s show Empire.

STATEMENT:
Cameron Spratley's paintings attempt to capture the schizophrenic nature of being young and black in America. They are visually in reference to the street culture that black entertainment is built upon and the danger of the street in regards equally to black on black crime and police killings. The works are purposefully hard to unpack, putting the viewer who is unfamiliar with the presented images into the space of the other. Having to ask what they are looking at and invest into the thought process rather than visual stimulation to begin to enter the work. This forces the text and image to function as a metonym, and the relationships between the two to be negotiated through past experience in the world or images presented to them on a daily basis. For the familiar viewer however, the paintings pose melancholy suggestions of self-defense and self-care as strategies to survive in the world. The paintings attempt to portray the collective sadness of the black community as well as a deeper sadness with the state of humanity as a whole. The paintings attempt to tap into the collective unconscious to transmit feelings out of this sadness along the same vein as abstract expressionist rhetoric.

EXHIBITIONS:
2017
MARTHA please don’t spit in the garden, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Dusk, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
GHOSTBLOOD, Valet, Richmond, VA (solo)

2016
Sweet Potato First Year Review Show, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Engagement Party, LIPS Performance Space, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Not For The Dead, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Empty Promises Since I Arrived, Valet, Richmond, VA
Look at my Wrist, Look at All of my Diamonds, Mulberry Gallery, Richmond, VA (solo)
Washington Project for the Arts, Annual Auction Gala, Arnold Kemp Curator, Washington, D.C.
ACT 2, Scene 1*,The Yellow Zone, Richmond, VA

2015
Yale Norfolk Final Exhibition, Norfolk Gallery, Norfolk, CT
Crockpot, Plant Zero, Richmond, VA
Drinks in the Neighborhood, Kappa Theta Phi Gallery, Richmond, VA
Greatest Hits, Portland State University School of Art, Portland, OR
From Richmond to RVA: The Persistence of….., Depot Gallery VCUarts, Richmond,VA

2014
1708 Gallery, Monster Drawing Rally, Richmond, VA
Utmost Co., Flagship store installation, Richmond VA
A Constant State of In Between, Room 305, VCUarts,Richmond, VA (solo)
Observing Myself Observing What I Observe, Space .88, Richmond, VA
YOU: Stepped on a Great Artist…, Space .88, Richmond, VA

AWARDS:
2017 Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University, Teaching Fellowship
2016 Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University, Full Tuition Scholarship
2015 Yale University, Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship
VCUarts, Alice Cabell Horsely Parker Scholarship
VCUarts, Outstanding Junior Award

PUBLICATIONS:
2017 HEADS Magazine #4, UDLI Editions, Presented at NYABF
2016 Empire season 3, "Snake Emoji," Set Decoration, 20th Century Fox
Forever In Our Hearts: Cameron Spratley, Self-Published
2015 Amendment Literary Magazine, Richmond, VA
2014 Caroline Zemp, “Artist of the Week”, INK Magazine, Richmond, VA


REPRESENTATION:

ADA Gallery
228 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220