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Thaddeus Camp

The majority of my work is heavily influenced by nature, which shows up as either an overwhelming presence or an aching absence.

While growing up in Connecticut my report cards were frequently adorned with notes warning that I needed to stop doodling and start paying more attention to my teachers. It’s now clear I needed to stop paying attention and focus on my doodling. These days my art consists of oil paintings, colored pencil drawings, and digital art of various kinds (but lots of doodles). 

The majority of my work is heavily influenced by nature, which shows up as either an overwhelming presence or an aching absence. What started as lots of oil paintings of birds has evolved into pencil and oil depictions of bizarre deep sea creatures. Presently I work in collaboration with the Deep End Research Consortium and was recently commissioned to do a first ever drawing of a newly discovered species of angler fish.  

 

At best, making art is a mindless, time-warping meditation; at its worst, it is a very expensive and messy way to try and whittle down your self-esteem. Each project is a journey that oscillates from giving up art (at least once every project) to Wile E. Coyote-like belief in one’s super geniusness. 

 

I dislike naming pieces and think I’m pretty awful at it. I once called a Grand Canyon painting  “Arizona Residency Requirement.” I am a Tucson, AZ based, self-taught artist. My work is primarily in private collections nationally and internationally.