Cameron Welch

A new kind of art history

United States

“A reliquary for black experience”

“It’s all about being free,” Cameron Welch has said about his work and about his philosophy as a mixed-race artist creating representations of black figures in the traditionally white realm of “institutional painting,” as he calls painting in mainstream Western art history. The artist incorporates objects found in the trash, like ceramic tiles, CDs, or a musical keyboard, to infuse life and history into his representations of the human figure. Looking to models as diverse as ancient Greek art and the twentieth-century Italian art movement Arte Povera, Welch aims at nothing else than establishing a new kind of art history.

A Brooklyn resident, Welch attended the high-powered programs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (where he earned a BFA) and New York’s Columbia University (where he received an MFA). He has had solo exhibitions on both US coasts, at New York’s yours, mine and ours gallery and Los Angeles’ Nino Mier Gallery. His work has also traveled worldwide, included in group exhibitions at Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and Carl Kostyál, in Malmö, Sweden.