'The Edge of the City' depicts a scene that is just that - a composition largely dominated by the outskirts of the city looking in, implying that the emphasis is more on capturing the impression of the edge of the city rather than the city itself. Gordon conveys a stark contrast between the natural environment and the built environment. The viewers' focus is led in through the untamed beauty and nature on the city edge towards the urban constructs of the city. There is a certain depth to this composition demonstrated by the different use of paint strokes - from the rather free flowing strokes enhancing the naturalistic beauty of the meadow to a more considered application of paint on the buildings which defines the form and structure of the city. Dusky colours are used to create a hazy feel which evokes the warm glow of the sun setting over the city.
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 has taught many generations of painters in Dundee.