SVETLANA CAMERON (b.1978) is a Russian-born British portrait artist dedicated to the revival of traditional fine art. Trained in the methods of Old Masters at a private atelier in Malta and later at the Florence Academy of Art, she specializes in portraiture in the style of classical realism. Svetlana's attention to detail and ability to capture her sitters’ likeness and character have earned her a strong reputation as one of today’s finest international portrait artists. She holds the title of an “Associate Living Master” awarded by the Art Renewal Centre (USA), is included in the list of Top 40 international Masters of Pastel by the French publisher “Pratique des Arts”, and has been elected Full Member of the UK national Society of Graphic Fine Art.

Svetlana is based in the Isle of Man (British Isles) where she works out of her studio in Douglas. A sought-after portrait painter she regularly travels across the UK and internationally to exhibit and meet her sitters.

Svetlana’s painting method is based on the traditional Flemish technique. Work begins with a detailed drawing and a monochrome (grisaille) under-painting, followed by multiple layers of opaque over-painting and rich transparent colour glazes. This traditional approach, rarely practised by artists today due to its complexity and time consuming nature, allows the artist to create depth and luminosity of colour and level of fine detail which is not possible to achieve by using modern direct painting methods.

For portrait drawings Svetlana Cameron has developed her own award-winning “three-colour” technique which received accolades in international competitions in Great Britain, USA and Russia. Svetlana’s method relies on use of the French drawing medium Conte-a-Paris in only three colours – black, red, and white – which are skilfully mixed and blended on toned paper to achieve a full range of delicate lifelike skin tones. 

Svetlana’s works hang in numerous private collections. Her portraits of two Speakers and President of the Isle of Man Parliament are included in the UK National Collection of Oil Paintings and are featured on ART UK.



Recognition and Awards (National and International)

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Finalist, International 2015/2016 ARC Salon Competition — USA

Accepted in the Art Renewal Center Museum as an ARC Associate Living Master — USA

Included in Top 40 list of international Masters of Pastel by Pratique des Arts magazine, featured in "40 maîtres du PASTEL" — France
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Finalist (Top 10), International Artist magazine competition "People and Figures" — USA
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Winner, "Strokes of Genius" international drawing competition — USA

1st Place Award in the "Portrait Drawing" category, Russian Art Week in Great Britain — London, UK

3rd Place Award in the "Portrait Painting" category, Russian Art Week in Great Britain — London, UK

Finalist, International 2014/2015 ARC Salon Competition — USA

Finalist, International 2013/2014 ARC Salon Competition — USA

2nd and 3rd Place Awards in the "Academic Drawing. Portraits" category, Russian Art Week — Moscow, Russia

Finalist with "Honourable Mention", 15th Annual "Pastel 100" International Competition — USA

Elected Member of the national Society of Graphic Fine Art — UK

Winner, "Strokes of Genius" international drawing competition — USA

Finalist, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists "Portrait Prize 2013" competition — Birmingham, UK

Finalist, International 2012/2013 ARC Salon Competition — USA

4th Place in the "Figurative" category, 14th Annual "Pastel 100" International  Competition — USA

"Best in Show" and "Governor's Choice" Awards, Sayle Gallery Summer Exhibition — Isle of Man

Finalist, International 2011/2012 ARC Salon Competition — USA

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Exhibitions (selected)

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A Solo Exhibition of Classical Portraits, Russian Centre for Science and Culture — London

'Laa Tinvaal', a Solo Exhibition, Isle of Man Parliament

Bankside Gallery — London

Russian Art Week in Great Britain — London

Solo Exhibition of Classical Portraits, Sayle Gallery — Isle of Man

Menier Gallery — London

“Realism”, Isle Gallery — Isle of Man

"RBSA Portrait Prize, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham — UK

"Nature Through Art", The Government House — Isle of Man

"Figurative and Miniatures", Sayle Gallery — Isle of Man

Villa Marina Royal Hall, Barclays Wealth and Investment Management Gala Dinner — Isle of Man

Sayle Gallery Summer Show — Isle of Man

"Speakers Portraits - Techniques Uncovered", Tynwald Library, Legislative Buildings — Isle of Man

"Love Pastels 2012", Mall Galleries — London

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries — London

"Face to Face", two-artist show by Svetlana Cameron and Jimmy Duggan, Sayle Gallery — Isle of Man

Laureston Manor, Douglas — Isle of Man.

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Collections

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Tynwald, Parliament of the Isle of Man
2011, 2012, 2016
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St. Mary's Presbytery, Douglas
2012, 2013
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St German's Cathedral, Peel
2013
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Numerous private collections
2003 - 2017