An exhibition in memory of Robert McCamley.
Robert McCamley was a man who loved to paint, and draw and make. He was a prolific artist, perfectly self-contained and a great man for a party.
As one of Project Ability elder statesmen he showed the younger generation a thing or two about stamina, concentration and sheer delight in mark making. He would take his time, consider every mark and every line. Favourite subjects? Robert had many “James Bond” was a recurring theme as was lighthouses, butterflies and sun sets but equally he was happy to take part in any creative opportunity that came along. Robert was an excellent draughtsman and quite often would sing his own praises. His favourite phrase “that’s gorgeous.”
When Robert drew, he smiled.
On a Friday Robert would stride into the workshop with great intent, returning everyone’s greetings and wheeling his trolley that was always bursting at the seams full of shopping and bits and bobs he collected in transit. He would park it by the window and put on his apron ready to begin.
Butterflies and sunsets were his signature. He loved to mix paint, pastel and charcoal, he loved to use his fingers to smudge, rub and define his mark. He loved to travel, explore and experience and was fearless in his making. He could sculpt, print and paint. At lunch time it was fish suppers in McDonalds the bakers.
Robert was a strong presence in the workshop always kind and considerate and always with a glint in his eye. He would often break into chuckles at the many remarks, stories and songs that would ping pong their way from easel to easel.
He shared a lot with Project Ability and the artists and staff that work here. His memory will not be forgotten and his joyful presence in the studio will forever remain an inspiration to the rest of us.
The sun, the moon and the stars celebrates not only Robert McCamley the artist, but Robert the friend and mentor to all those around him. A memorial for a life well lived and a friend well loved.
Join us for the preview on June 23, 12pm. The exhibition will continue until July 09.