The Bus Stop and the Monkey Puzzle
By Gordon Cameron

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Year
1976
Media
Oil Painting
Subject Matter
People
Reg. Number
G378
Size
120 x 135 cm

This painting in oil depicts a scene of three people in quiet contemplation at a bus stop by a monkey puzzle tree. This composition invites you to identify with the indifference of the people and to experience the sense of anticipation while they wait for the bus. The focus of this scene is clearly on the two subjects noted in the painting title, the bus stop and the monkey puzzle. The distinctive form of the tree is conveyed by the carefully applied paint in a striking natural green and the structure of the bus stop is well defined and highlighted by using a lighter colour in contrast to the darker more muted tones of the background. An overall sense of stillness is conveyed by the flat use of paint.

Gordon Cameron was born in Aberdeen, 1916 and educated at Gray's School of Art under Robert Sivell and James Cowie. Cameron has work in numerous collections including those of the museums and galleries of Aberdeen, Perth, Dundee and Paisley and also in private collections internationally. In 1953 he joined the staff of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. With his wife, the painter Ellen Malcolm, he settled in Invergowrie, to the west of Dundee and this village became the subject of much of his later work. Cameron was one of Scotland's senior artists who taught many generations of painters in Dundee.

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